Colorado Supreme Court disqualifies Donald Trump from 2024 presidential election ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court has issued a landmark decision Tuesday disqualifying Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential election ballot.

This move has been based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states that those accused of insurrection cannot be eligible candidates.

An unprecedented decision

In a 4-3 vote, Colorado Supreme Court justices have ruled that Trump cannot be an eligible candidate because of his involvement in the insurrection that took place at the U.S. Capitol nearly three years ago. This is the first time Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate.

Although Trump can still run for president in next year’s election, this decision could complicate his path to the White House. From his campaign command, they have vowed to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that it is “completely wrong.”

It is important to note that this decision only applies in the state of Colorado and has no effect nationwide. Several attempts to get Trump off the ballot in other states have failed, as happened in New Hampshire, Minnesota and Michigan.

The justices’ reasoning

In their ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court justices emphasized the importance and responsibility of their decision, stating that they did not reach these conclusions lightly. They stated that they are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the issues before them, as well as their solemn duty to apply the law without fear or favor.

Their ruling reverses an earlier decision by a Colorado judge, who ruled that the prohibition against committing an insurrection did not apply to presidents because the section does not explicitly mention them. However, a majority of the Colorado Supreme Court justices disagreed with this interpretation.

Reactions and next steps

Trump’s legal team has announced that it will quickly file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, where conservatives hold a 6-3 majority. On the other hand, Trump’s advisors have criticized the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, calling it “completely flawed.”

Meanwhile, Democrats have welcomed the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, as it backs up their argument that the U.S. Capitol riot was an attempted insurrection. According to a Democrat affiliated with Joe Biden’s campaign, this decision will also help highlight the “stark differences” between Trump and Biden.

Republican lawmakers have condemned the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, arguing that it is a partisan attack. House Speaker Mike Johnson has asserted that all citizens registered to vote should have the right to support Trump as a presidential candidate.

The impact of the decision

Although Trump lost the state of Colorado by a wide margin in the last presidential election, this decision could have a significant impact if other competitive states were to take similar action. Trump’s bid for the White House could face serious problems if courts in other states also disqualify him.

Notably, Trump currently faces four criminal cases, including one federal and one state case in Georgia, related to his alleged election subversion efforts. These cases could also have an impact on his path to the presidency in 2024.

Conclusion

Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential election ballot in that state has generated controversy and fallout. Although Trump’s legal team will appeal the ruling, the final outcome remains to be seen. In the meantime, this decision highlights the importance of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and raises questions about Trump’s political future.