The Colorado Supreme Court has made a controversial decision to remove Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 election ballot. This decision comes after a 4-3 ruling in which the court cited the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” as the reason for Trump’s removal from the ballot.
The 14th Amendment states that any government officials who take an oath to uphold the Constitution are prohibited from holding office if they “engaged in insurrection.” The court ruled that Trump’s actions, including his support of the Capitol insurrection and his attempts to prevent the counting of electoral votes, constituted overt, voluntary, and direct participation in insurrection.
This ruling, however, will be put on hold until January 4, pending Trump’s appeal to the US Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court’s decision only applies to Colorado, but it is expected to have a significant impact on the 2024 presidential campaign.
The ruling has sparked controversy, especially as it sets a precedent for other states to potentially follow suit. Last week, a lower court in Michigan considered the same argument and found that Trump could remain on that state’s ballot, highlighting the divisive nature of this issue.
Team Trump campaign has expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling, stating that they will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of the decision. They have labeled the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision as “completely flawed” and “deeply undemocratic.”
In addition to the legal battles over his eligibility to run in 2024, Trump is currently facing federal and state indictment over his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The former president has consistently denied these allegations and has not pleaded guilty.
It is also important to note that the controversy surrounding Trump’s eligibility could have ramifications beyond his political future. The ruling could potentially set a precedent for how future insurrection-related cases are handled, raising questions about the intersection of free speech and the 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist ban.
While the legal battles continue to unfold, the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision marks a significant development in the ongoing debate over Trump’s political future.
As this story continues to evolve, it is clear that the legal and political implications of the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling will have a lasting impact on the 2024 presidential campaign and the broader conversation about the accountability of elected officials.