Nevada Judge Rules On Trump Case
A federal judge in Nevada has dismissed a case challenging the eligibility of former President Trump to run in the 2024 election.
The lawsuit, brought by GOP challenger John Anthony Castro, claimed that Trump’s alleged incitement of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot made him ineligible to hold office under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
U.S. District Court Judge Gloria M. Navarro, who was appointed by former President Obama, issued the order on Monday, citing that Castro lacked standing to bring the case.
In her ruling, Judge Navarro stated that in order to have standing to sue in federal court, a plaintiff must have suffered a concrete and particularized injury caused by the defendant’s conduct. She also noted that this limitation on judicial power prevents individuals from invoking the jurisdiction of federal court for a “general interest common to all members of the public.”
This is not the first time that Castro has attempted to challenge Trump’s eligibility. Five other courts have already rejected his argument of political competitor standing, stating that he has manufactured his standing in order to file the lawsuit. Judge Navarro also highlighted that Trump and Castro are not competing on the same ballot in Nevada, further calling into question Castro’s motives for bringing the lawsuit.
In a footnote, Judge Navarro pointed out that the Nevada Republican Party is holding a separate caucus from the state-run Presidential Preference Primary, on which Trump will not be appearing. This undermines Castro’s claim of being a political competitor to Trump, further weakening his standing in the case.
Dozens of lawsuits are now challenging Trump’s eligibility, citing the Fourteenth Amendment after the Colorado Supreme Court removed him from the ballot in their state. Maine’s Democratic secretary of state has also banned Trump from the ballot, citing the insurrection clause. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up Trump’s challenge to the Colorado ruling and is set to begin hearing arguments in February.
Despite the dismissal of this case, Trump’s campaign spokesman Steven Cheung hailed it as a victory. He stated that the dismissal of this “bogus, bad-faith, Crooked Joe Biden-engineered attempt” to disenfranchise voters is not only a victory for Trump but for all Americans. He added that Trump remains undefeated in federal court against similar challenges, with eleven states now dismissing such cases.
Cheung also made it clear that these challenges are seen as an attempt to steal the election and disenfranchise American voters, with Trump being the leading candidate for both the Republican primary and the general election. He vowed that Trump will continue to fight against these “disgraceful attacks on American democracy” and will emerge victorious in the end, making America great again.