A Minnesota liberal group filed a petition to block the former president’s inclusion on the state’s ballot. This is the second major Fourteenth Amendment lawsuit in the last 15 days.
The new lawsuit in Minnesota was filed in state court by Free Speech For People, a week after another group filed a similar lawsuit in Colorado.
According to a provision of the above-mentioned amendment, after the Civil War (1861-1865), any American official who swears to defend the Constitution will be barred from holding office in the future if he “has taken part in an insurrection or rebellion” or ” served to provide “aid or comfort” to the insurgents.
“Donald J. Trump, by his words and actions after taking the oath as an officer of the United States to support the Constitution, participated in insurrection within the meaning of Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the lawsuit says.
“He is barred from holding the office of president or any other position in the United States,” he said.
The Republican primary in Minnesota takes place on March 5, known as Super Tuesday, and despite all the legal entanglements, it has so far had a large lead over the remaining primary candidates.
With this lawsuit they are trying to prevent the former president’s name from appearing on the primary ballot and in the general election if he wins the nomination.
Since 2008, both Minnesota and Colorado have supported the Democratic presidential candidate with their votes.
For analysts, the key to the next election will be independent voters who could cost Trump his long-awaited return to the presidency, as this part of the electorate, unlike his base, is impressed by his criminal record.
There are 91 federal and state charges against the former president, and four cases are pending in the midst of the election campaign.