Rhode Island Judge Deals Blow to the Democrat Agenda, Trump Is Cheering


When it comes to striking former President Donald Trump from the ballot in 2024, Trump’s opponents keep striking out in court.

On Monday, according to The Providence Journal, a federal judge in Rhode Island dismissed a lawsuit that was aiming to keep Ocean State voters from having the choice of backing the leading GOP presidential contender in next year’s election.

And Trump’s camp was cheering.

“President Trump remains undefeated in beating back these spurious claims,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement.

“The American people have the unassailable right to vote for the candidate of their choosing at the ballot box, something the Democrats and their allies driving these cases clearly disagree with.

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“President Trump believes the American voters, not the courts, should decide who wins next year’s elections and we urge a swift dismissal of all such remaining bogus ballot challenges.”

The decision was a blow to the Republican nuisance candidate who brought the lawsuit — but it was a bigger blow to the Democratic agenda nationwide.

Should courts decide who is on the American people’s ballots?

The Rhode Island case involved John Anthony Castro, a Texas lawyer who is engaged in a quixotic, write-in quest for the presidency and trying to use the court system to achieve it.

According to the Journal, U.S. District Judge John J. McConnell — an Obama appointee — ruled Monday that a 1st Circuit Court of Appeals decision in a New Hampshire case already had determined that Castro lacked legal standing to challenge Trump’s ballot access.

In that case, the appeals court concluded that “Castro has failed to show that he was a ‘direct and current competitor'” in the race.

And as New Hampshire goes, so goes Rhode Island.

It’s also the way court cases trying to get Trump kicked off the ballot have been going around the country. As The Washington Times noted, “It’s the fourth court this month to deliver a setback to anti-Trump activists who are trying to keep the GOP presidential front-runner off state ballots in 2024.”

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Judges in Colorado, Michigan and Minnesota also have ruled against efforts to keep Trump supporters from voting for him in the event he wins the Republican nomination.

(The Colorado case wasn’t an outright win for Trump, though. Judge Sarah Wallace, an appointee of Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, did find that Trump engaged in “insurrection” related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol incursion, but she concluded that the 14th Amendment that bars insurrectionists from federal office was not written to include the presidency. That question is going to go to the Colorado Supreme Court, The New York Times reported last week.)

And all of this is happening while Trump is facing down civil and criminal cases brought by Democratic zealots in New York, Georgia, Florida and Washington, D.C.

As eyeball-glazing as the legal minutiae can be, the key point to remember is that no matter what label these court cases fall under — election-related, civil complaints, criminal indictments — all are just fronts in the legal warfare Democrats are waging in their deathly fear that Trump will somehow return to the presidency.

Leftists aren’t afraid that Trump will damage the country because his positions are wrong. They’re afraid that Trump’s strength as an individual political figure — channeling the conservative positions of “America first,” energy independence, strong foreign policy and secure borders — will prove how right the right actually is.

No matter what name is on the legal challenge — whether it’s a nobody like Castro, a hack political opportunist like Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, New York state Attorney General Letitia James, Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis or special counsel Jack Smith (half attorney, half political assassin) — the reality is, these are all parts of the Democratic agenda to keep Trump from the presidency.

More importantly, they’re desperate to keep the ideas Trump espouses from becoming the national norm again.

Trump’s upset victory in 2016 was a lesson in how furious decent Americans are at the depths Democrats have taken the country.

Democrats are terrified they might be facing that lesson again.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.