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A recent legal development has occurred regarding former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to participate in Virginia’s presidential primary. A lawsuit seeking to disqualify him based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause was dismissed by a federal court. The ruling, issued by Judge Leonie Brinkema of the Eastern District of Virginia, emphasized the plaintiffs’ lack of standing in this case. Judge Brinkema, appointed by former President Bill Clinton, highlighted in her 13-page decision that similar efforts in other jurisdictions also failed due to the plaintiffs’ inability to establish a direct link between their alleged injuries and the defendants’ actions.

The lawsuit was initiated by activists Roy Perry-Bey and Carlos Howard, who argued that Trump’s actions related to the January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol constituted insurrection or rebellion against the United States. However, Judge Brinkema found that this complaint, similar to those in Maine and Colorado attempting to remove Trump from the ballot, was not applicable in her court due to the specific nature of their constitutional claims and jurisdictional limitations.

Notably, the Colorado Supreme Court and Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows recently made decisions to exclude Trump from their state’s primary ballots, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This particular section, originating from the Civil War era, prohibits individuals who have participated in an insurrection from holding public office. The 14th Amendment, a significant post-Civil War addition to the U.S. Constitution, primarily aimed to grant citizenship and equal civil and legal rights to all persons born or naturalized in the U.S., including former slaves.

In response to the Virginia ruling, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung remarked that Trump remains undefeated in federal court challenges regarding the 14th Amendment. He mentioned that similar lawsuits in states like West Virginia, New Hampshire, Florida, Arizona, and Rhode Island, as well as in Michigan and Minnesota, were dismissed. Cheung accused Democrats of engaging in a widespread legal campaign to disenfranchise voters and influence the election, citing Trump’s lead in several election polls.