Oregon Supreme Court rejects challenge trying to kick Trump off the ballot as battle over


  • The US Supreme Court has said it will hear Colorado case kicking him off ballot
  • Oregon’s Supreme Court says Trump can stay on ballot pending appeal
  • But depending on decision it could hear challenge under 14th Amendment 

The Oregon Supreme Court is staying out of the legal clash over whether Donald Trump can remain on the state’s ballot for president, waiting for further action from the U.S. Supreme Court. 

The state supreme court on Friday declined to wade into the legal chaos over whether Trump is disqualified from being president under a section of the 14th Amendment dealing with ‘insurrection’ until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a similar case out of Colorado.

Collorado’s Supreme Court issued a stunning ruling last month that kicked Trump off the ballot there, finding that Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol disqualified him from the presidency and that he directed an ‘insurrection.’

Oregon was one of several states where liberal groups sued to remove Trump from the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era provision that prohibits those who ‘engaged in insurrection’ from holding office. 

It comes after Trump lawyer Alina Habba said she believes Justice Brett Kavanaugh will ‘step up’ and fight for the former president.

A spokesman for former US President Donald Trump called an Oregon Supreme Court decision the 'correct one' after it allowed him to stay on the state ballot for now pending a US Supreme Court review

A spokesman for former US President Donald Trump called an Oregon Supreme Court decision the ‘correct one’ after it allowed him to stay on the state ballot for now pending a US Supreme Court review

The Colorado ruling is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court hears an appeal by Trump. The nation’s highest court has never ruled on Section 3, which fell into disuse after the 1870s, when most former Confederates were allowed back into government by congressional action.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling may decide the issue once and for all, but the Oregon court said that plaintiffs could try again there after the high court rules on the Colorado appeal. Until then, it declined to consider the lawsuit filed by five Oregon voters and organized by the liberal group Free Speech For The People.

Oregon Supreme Court’s chief justice, Meagan Flynn 

‘Today’s decision in Oregon was the correct one,’ said Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung. ‘President Trump urges the swift dismissal of all remaining, bad-faith, election interference 14th Amendment ballot challenges as they are un-Constitutional attempts by allies of Crooked Joe Biden to disenfranchise millions of American voters and deny them their right to vote for the candidate of their choice. President Trump will continue to fight these desperate shams, win in November and Make America Great Again,’ he said.



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