On Monday, a federal district court in Rhode Island turned down a bid in an attempt to disqualify ex-President Donald Trump from running in the 2024 presidential elections, pointing to a previous decision by an appeals court that dismissed a similar claim.
Chief Judge John J. McConnell of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, on Monday, swiftly threw out a complaint filed by John Anthony Castro, a relatively unknown Republican presidential candidate from Texas. Castro’s complaint aimed to disqualify President Trump from the ballot.
This represented another loss for Mr. Castro, who, in the past few months, has initiated legal actions in over two dozen states, including the one in Rhode Island dismissed today, in an effort to prevent Trump from being on the ballot for the 2024 presidential election.
In his legal documents, Mr. Castro contends that President Trump, through his actions and statements linked to the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021, participated in an insurrection against the United States.
He argues that Trump should be ineligible for federal office under Section Three of the 14th Amendment. This provision prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” from holding office and, during its enactment in