The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a petition to remove former President Donald Trump from the Republican primary ballot in the state. The court deliberated on whether or not to accept the case in advance.
The justices stated in a concise opinion and order authored by Chief Justice Natalie Hudson of the Minnesota Supreme Court that the petition was ‘dismissed without prejudice.’
A liberal organization, Free Speech for People, filed suit on behalf of eight local electors, claiming that the secretary of state’s decision to place President Trump on the ballot would be an “error.”
According to Chief Justice Hudson’s opinion, “there is no ‘error’ to correct here as to the presidential primary election if former President Trump’s name is included on the presidential primary ballot after the Chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota provides his name to the Secretary of State.”
“Because there is no error to correct here as to the presidential nomination primary, and petitioners’ other claims regarding the general election are not ripe, the petition must be dismissed,” she wrote.
She further stated that the petitioners would be free to resubmit the claim concerning the general election ballot despite this dismissal.
President Trump issued a statement about the decision on Truth Social.
“Ridiculous 14th Amendment lawsuit just thrown out by Minnesota Supreme Court. Without Merit, Unconstitutional. Congratulations to all who fought this HOAX!” he wrote.
Chief Justice Hudson bluntly wrote in the opinion that it is in accordance with state law to permit President Trump to appear on the ballot if the state’s Republican party determines he fulfills their requirements.Minnesota Supreme Cour
“There is no state statute that prohibits a major political party from placing on the presidential nomination primary ballot, or sending delegates to the national convention supporting, a candidate who is ineligible to hold office,” she wrote.
“This is an internal party election to serve internal party purposes.”