Trump loses case to stay on Colorado presidential ballot

Trump loses case to stay on Colorado presidential ballot
20 dic 2023 · 2 min. 56 sec.

The Colorado Supreme Court made a landmark decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state's 2024 presidential ballot. This ruling is based on the assertion that Trump is...

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The Colorado Supreme Court made a landmark decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state's 2024 presidential ballot. This ruling is based on the assertion that Trump is disqualified from serving as president again due to his involvement in the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The court's decision hinged on an interpretation of the 14th Amendment's "insurrection clause," which forbids anyone who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the U.S. Constitution from holding public office.
The ruling was made by a 4-3 majority of the court, which consists entirely of Democratic appointees. It overturns an earlier decision by a Denver judge, which while acknowledging Trump's engagement in insurrection, left him eligible to remain on the ballot due to constitutional ambiguities. The Colorado Supreme Court, however, dismissed this interpretation, stating that the framers of the amendment would not logically exclude the presidency from the offices barred to insurrectionists.
The decision is not immediately effective. The court has stayed the ruling until at least January 4, 2024, to allow time for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. This case is significant as it could set a precedent for other states to follow, potentially impacting Trump's eligibility in crucial states for the presidential election.
Following the ruling, Trump's campaign team announced their intention to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, criticizing the Colorado Supreme Court's decision as deeply undemocratic. The Trump campaign's response indicates confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in their favor and end what they consider to be unAmerican lawsuits.
This Colorado case is particularly notable as it is the first instance where plaintiffs have successfully argued for a candidate's disqualification under the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause. The clause, initially intended to prevent former Confederates from returning to government after the Civil War, has rarely been invoked in modern times.
The legal debate in this case also revolved around the specific language of the 14th Amendment. Trump's attorneys argued that the amendment's reference to "officers of the United States" who take an oath to support the Constitution does not apply to the president. However, this interpretation was rejected by the Colorado Supreme Court, which sided with the plaintiffs' argument that excluding the presidency from the amendment's scope would be nonsensical.
This decision by the Colorado Supreme Court is a significant development in the legal and political narrative surrounding the eligibility of Donald Trump for future public office, particularly the presidency, and sets the stage for further judicial scrutiny at the national level.
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