In a recent development in Florida politics, Chaz Stevens, a well-known political provocateur, has initiated legal action with the aim of preventing Donald Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot in Florida. Stevens, recognized for his unconventional activism including the installation of Festivus poles at various government buildings and advocating for the removal of Bibles in Florida school districts, filed this lawsuit as part of his ongoing political endeavors.
Stevens, who is also crowdfunding to support his legal expenses, was inspired to take this step after observing similar actions in other states. For instance, in Colorado, Trump was initially removed from the ballot by the state Supreme Court, a decision later overturned after an appeal by the state’s Republican Party. Maine followed suit, with Secretary of State Shenna Bellows citing Trump’s involvement in the January 6 Capitol riot as grounds for disqualification, based on the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The lawsuit filed by Stevens mirrors a similar case in Louisiana, where resident Ashley Reeb sued to block Trump from the primary ballot. Both lawsuits argue that Trump’s actions, particularly his role in the Capitol riot and his subsequent impeachment for incitement of insurrection, disqualify him from holding office under the U.S. Constitution.
Despite his efforts, Stevens remains skeptical about the potential success of his lawsuit, acknowledging his limited knowledge of the legal system and the tendency for his actions to be overlooked. However, he remains committed to challenging the status quo, drawing on his past experiences as a political activist and his work in various capacities, including as an artist and software developer.
Stevens’ activism has been notable since the early 2000s, gaining national attention for his stance against religious displays in government facilities and other controversial initiatives. His work has included a range of projects, from challenging government practices to engaging in digital ventures like managing the online operations of a legal defense fund for Roger Stone, a GOP operative and Trump ally.
The article also touches on Roger Stone’s perspective on Stevens’ lawsuit. Stone, who had previously employed Stevens for IT work on his legal defense website, expressed doubts about the lawsuit’s merit, citing the lack of legal conviction against Trump for insurrection and the constitutional interpretation of the term “officers” as it relates to the President and Vice President.
This legal move by Stevens adds another layer to the complex and often contentious political landscape surrounding Donald Trump’s potential candidacy in the 2024 elections. It reflects the ongoing debates and legal interpretations of the U.S. Constitution, particularly in the context of eligibility for public office following involvement in events like the Capitol riot.