In a surprising twist, entrepreneur and television personality Mark Cuban has suggested President Joe Biden seize the opportunity to use former President Donald Trump’s legal battles against him in the upcoming 2024 elections. Cuban’s proposal comes in light of recent decisions in Colorado and Maine, where Trump was removed from presidential primary ballots due to his alleged 14th Amendment violation and how he might have been involved in the January 6th insurrection.
The Colorado court’s ruling, decided by a 4-3 majority, followed a lawsuit filed by six Colorado voters seeking to prevent Trump from appearing on the state’s presidential ballot. The court found that Trump’s actions on January 6th constituted an insurrection, leading to their decision to bar him from the ballot. Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, subsequently ruled similarly, standing firm against calls for her impeachment by asserting that she was simply “doing her job and following the law.”
Cuban took to his platform of choice, X (formerly Twitter), to express his opinion. He wished that Biden would publicly state his desire to have Trump on the ballot, arguing that the 14th Amendment does not apply in this case. Cuban suggested that Biden should thank Trump for providing a playbook on remaining in office indefinitely and evading charges, regardless of his actions. Cuban concluded by proposing that Biden boldly declare, “My Fellow Americans, I’m not ever going to leave the White House, and there is nothing you can do to me.” According to Cuban, this statement would solidify the Supreme Court’s decision to keep Trump off future ballots and highlight the former president’s lack of immunity.
When asked about the Colorado court’s ruling, Biden emphasized that it is ultimately up to the courts to determine the applicability of the 14th Amendment to Trump’s situation. However, he did not shy away from asserting that Trump had indeed supported an insurrection. Biden’s comments reflect his reluctance to engage directly with Trump’s legal battles, a stance he has consistently maintained.
While Cuban’s suggestion may be provocative, Biden himself faces challenges. The president has been grappling with an impeachment inquiry initiated by House Republicans and has struggled to boost his approval ratings, which have remained below 50 percent for over two years. Critics have expressed discontent with his handling of the economy, immigration, and foreign policy, creating an uphill battle for Biden in his own right.
In recent news, Cuban announced his decision to sell his majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks to Miriam Adelson, owner of luxury resort company Las Vegas Sands. This move and his upcoming departure from the popular TV show Shark Tank after its 16th season have sparked speculation about whether Cuban may consider running for political office.