Ever feel like the whole of politics this year is solely focused on Donald Trump and his chances of being our next president? You certainly wouldn’t be the only one.
In fact, most of us probably feel that’s been the case since, oh, about 2015, when he first announced a run at the White House and almost immediately became a serious threat to the liberal left and the establishment.
Thankfully, yet another poorly planned and illogical attempt to oust him from the 2024 running has just been shot down – and abysmally so.
Enter unheard-of GOP candidate John Anthony Castro.
Like most other GOP candidates, Castro knows there is no hope of him ever succeeding in his quest if a man like Trump is running against him. Then again, it’s not as if he’d be any closer without Trump. I mean, who is this guy anyway?
But I digress…
Like so many others, the point is that Castro is ill-equipped to get the nation’s attention on his own. In fact, the only way he thought he could do it was to sue Trump earlier this year, according to Trump.
CNN noted it was “an attempt to disqualify him from running for president and holding the office given his alleged provision of aid or comfort to the convicted criminals and insurrectionists that violently attacked our United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.”
Yes, that same old argument we’ve all heard a million times since the Capitol incursion.
Naturally, Castro’s argument also included Section 3 of the 14th amendment of the US Constitution, which maintains that those participating in or giving aid to “insurrection” or treason are no longer qualified to hold any real publicly elected office and most certainly not the presidency.
Of course, the problem for Castro is that Trump neither incited nor aided in insurrection. And nothing he or anyone else has brought against him thus far can prove that.
And so, a lower court threw the case out.
Naturally, without any other ideas on how to get rid of Trump, Castro dug in his heels, appealing the court’s decision. Eventually, the case made it to the Supreme Court, where he assumed his standing on the matter would be more likely to be seen and backed.
But as CNN recently reported, the High Court didn’t see the case any differently than all the others Castro dragged it through.
Firstly, SCOTUS couldn’t and so refused to label Trump as an insurrectionist.
And then, they made sure to put Castro in his place, noting that he had yet to meet any requirements to participate in the GOP debates. Essentially, they refused to recognize him as a real candidate.
Suffice it to say, it was not a good day for Castro – or really anyone against Trump, whether that be on the left or one of his fellow GOP contenders for the White House.
If he did anything, it was to prove that 1) this whole insurrection argument that keeps getting brought up has no standing whatsoever, and 2) Trump is no Goliath that a simple stone can take down.
Instead, he is David, the one slinging the stone at the seemingly too-powerful giant of the establishment. But one stone at a time, that giant is falling. And anyone who gets in his way is liable to end up the same way.
Just ask John Anthony Castro.