Nevada Judge Shuts Down Effort to Remove Trump from Ballot

A Nevada federal judge has rejected a case seeking to remove President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 Republican primary ballots.

U.S. District Court Judge Gloria M. Navarro, who was appointed by former President Obama, rejected a case challenging Trump’s eligibility to run in 2024

Judge Navarro ruled that GOP challenger John Anthony Castro, who brought the lawsuit in the Silver State, “lacks standing.”

Navarro dismissed Castro’s lawsuit that ultimately asked if the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment bars Trump from holding office the false claim that he incited riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Castro, who claims to be a Republican, based his case on the Democrats’ false claim that Trump “engaged in insurrection.”

“This is a politically charged question of significant interest to the American public,” Navarro noted.

“For reasons discussed below, the Court finds that Castro lacks standing, and the Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear this case.”

“To have standing to sue in federal court, a plaintiff must have suffered a concrete, particularized, and actual or imminent injury in fact that was caused by the defendant’s challenged conduct and is redressable by a favorable decision,” Navarro explained.

“This limitation on the judicial power prevents a plaintiff from invoking Article III jurisdiction of federal court by asserting what is merely a ‘general interest common to all members of the public.’”

The ruling noted that five courts have already rejected Castro’s political competitor standing argument.

“In rejecting his political competitor’s standing argument, courts have found that Castro improperly manufactured his standing merely to file this lawsuit,” Navarro writes.

“The evidence indicates that Castro is creating his own injury in order to manufacture standing to challenge Trump’s eligibility to run for president.”

The judge observed that by his own admission, Castro “declared as a candidate and paid the filing fee to show the impermissibility of Trump’s presidency.”

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The ruling cited how Castro was quoted in an Associated Press article as having said:

“I’m not going to lie and pretend my candidacy is anything more than trying to enforce the United States Constitution, and that’s what I’m here to do.”

In a footnote, Navarro highlighted that Trump and Castro are not even competing on the same ballot in Nevada.

“As Castro indicates in his FAC, the Nevada Republican Party is holding a caucus separate from the state-run Presidential Preference Primary,” the footnote says.

“Castro intends on running in the Nevada Republican PP.

“Trump is not participating in the PP and is instead appearing on the caucus ballot.”

Dozens of lawsuits are now challenging Trump’s eligibility, citing the 14th Amendment.

The trend emerged after the Colorado Supreme Court removed Trump from the state’s ballot.

Maine’s Democrat secretary of state also banned Trump from the ballot, citing the insurrection clause.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up Trump’s challenge to the Colorado ruling and is set to begin hearing arguments in February.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung championed the Nevada lawsuit’s dismissal in a statement to news outlets.

“Today’s dismissal of another bogus, bad-faith, Crooked Joe Biden-engineered attempt to deprive Americans as a whole, and the voters of Nevada specifically, of their right to vote for the candidate of their choice is not only a victory for President Trump, but a victory for all Americans and the people of Nevada,” Cheung said, according to KLAS.

“President Trump remains undefeated in federal court against these cynical efforts to interfere in the 2024 election.

“Courts in eleven states have now dismissed similar, pathetic, 14th Amendment ballot cases.”

“Make no mistake, each and every one of these ‘ballot-challenges’ are blatant attempts to steal the election for Crooked Joe Biden and disenfranchise over 100 million American voters,” he continued.

“President Trump is the leading candidate for not only the Republican primary, but the general election, and his opponents are desperate.

“Rest assured that he will fight each and every one of these disgraceful attacks on American democracy, he will win, and we will all Make America Great Again.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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