Dec 20, 2023

Colorado Supreme Court Bars Donald Trump from Presidency, Excluding him from the state's ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court has issued a significant ruling that bars former President Donald Trump from the state's 2024 primary ballot. This action is based on an alleged violation of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Notably, this ruling marks the first time the 14th Amendment has been successfully used to challenge Trump's eligibility for candidacy. […] 
 Dec 20, 2023

Colorado Supreme Court Bars Donald Trump from Presidency, Excluding him from the state's ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court has issued a significant ruling that bars former President Donald Trump from the state's 2024 primary ballot. This action is based on an alleged violation of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment. Notably, this ruling marks the first time the 14th Amendment has been successfully used to challenge Trump's eligibility for candidacy.

In its decision, the court reversed a previous ruling from a lower court. The lower court had recognized Trump's role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection but claimed that a president is not subject to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This section specifically relates to insurrection and rebellion.

However, the state Supreme Court took a different stance. It agreed that Trump was involved in insurrection, and crucially, it recognized him as an "officer of the United States." This classification means Trump falls under the 14th Amendment's restrictions, which forbid anyone who has supported insurrection from holding any office in the United States.

Despite this ruling, Trump has dismissed the efforts to disqualify him as "nonsense." He has indicated plans to appeal the decision. This Colorado Supreme Court decision is particularly noteworthy as it diverges from rulings in other states on similar matters, setting a distinct precedent.

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