Trump barred from Colorado: The Justices’ 4-3 ruling concludes that Trump engaged in an insurrection with his words and actions around the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and therefore cannot hold the nation’s highest office again.
In a historic verdict, the Colorado Supreme Court has determined that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot next year.
The 4-3 decision by the justices asserts that Trump’s involvement in an insurrection through his words and actions during the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol disqualifies him from seeking the nation’s highest office once more.
Former President Faces Legal Obstacle in Colorado?
In a landmark decision on December 19, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that former President Donald Trump is barred from appearing on the primary ballot in Colorado for the U.S. presidency. This decision, linked to his involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack, marks a significant legal development.
Historic Ruling and Potential Supreme Court Review ????
The close 4-3 decision by the Colorado Supreme Court is set to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a groundbreaking move, marking Trump as the first presidential candidate to be deemed ineligible for the White House under the constitutional clause against “insurrection or rebellion.” This ruling currently impacts Colorado’s Republican primary on March 5, and potentially the general election on November 5.
Trump’s Response and Legal Appeal Strategy ⚖️
Trump has vowed to contest this decision in the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the Colorado court has postponed the implementation of its ruling until at least January 4, 2024, providing time for the appeal. The case presents a crucial opportunity for the Supreme Court, which includes three justices appointed by Trump, to determine his eligibility for another presidential term.
The Lawsuit: A Test for Disqualifying Trump Nationally
This lawsuit is seen as a pivotal test case under the 14th Amendment, Section 3, enacted post-Civil War to prevent confederacy supporters from holding office. The Colorado court’s decision is based on Trump’s role in the Capitol violence during the 2020 election certification, venturing into “uncharted territory.”
Reaction from Trump’s Campaign and Critics’ Perspectives ????️
The Trump campaign has criticized the decision as “undemocratic” and plans to appeal swiftly. The case was initiated by Colorado voters and the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), arguing for Trump’s disqualification due to the Capitol incident.
Mixed Court Responses and Advocacy Efforts ????
While courts in other states have dismissed similar lawsuits, the Minnesota court avoided ruling on Trump’s overall presidential eligibility. Advocates hope the Colorado case will bolster the national disqualification effort and bring the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump’s lawyers defend his actions as free speech and argue against the amendment’s applicability to presidents.
Dissenting Views and Due Process Concerns ????
Three justices, including Carlos Samour, dissented, emphasizing the need for procedural due process and a conviction of insurrection before disqualifying a candidate from public office. This dissent highlights the complex legal and constitutional dimensions of the case.