The Colorado Court Rules Trump Ineligible for Presidential Office: The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump cannot run for president in the state next year because of his involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol by his followers on January 6, 2021.
Colorado Court Rules Trump Ineligible for Presidential Office
Under a rarely used part of the U.S. Constitution that says officials who have been involved in “insurrection or rebellion” are not allowed to take office, Trump is the first presidential candidate in U.S. history to be ruled not qualified for the White House.
It was decided by the court that the frontrunner for the Republican ticket in 2024 cannot be on the ballot because he has called for violence against the U.S. government.
The decision only affects the state’s Republican primary on March 5, but it’s possible that Trump will be affected for the general election on November 5. Nonpartisan U.S. election experts think that Colorado is a safe Democratic state, which means that President Joe Biden will probably win the state no matter what happens with Trump.
A group of voters from Colorado, with help from the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, brought the case. They said Trump should be disqualified because he encouraged his supporters to attack the Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to stop Biden from becoming president after the 2020 election.
The people working for Trump said the court’s ruling was “flawed” and “undemocratic,” and they said they would appeal it.
“The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision,” a person from the Trump campaign said.
Trump’s campaign has said that challenges to the 14th Amendment are an attempt to keep millions of people from choosing the president they want.
The ruling is a win for advocacy groups and people who are against Trump. They have brought several similar lawsuits against his campaign under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which was passed after the Civil War.
A lower court judge had said that Trump was encouraging his fans to violence, which is considered insurrection. However, the decision overturns that decision. As president, Trump was not a “officer of the United States” who could be removed from office under the amendment.
A lawyer for Trump said that the riot at the Capitol wasn’t really an uprising and that Trump’s speech to his fans in Washington that day was protected by his right to free speech. It was the lawyer’s argument that courts don’t have the power to take Trump off the vote.
People who wanted to disqualify more people had thought that the case would help their cause and that the problem might even end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The U.S. Supreme Court is mostly made up of conservatives—6-3, with three Trump nominees.
The court in Colorado said the decision will be put on hold until January 4, 2024, so that arguments can be made.
“The court’s decision today affirms what our clients alleged in this lawsuit: that Donald Trump is an insurrectionist who disqualified himself from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment based on his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol, and that Secretary Griswold must keep him off of Colorado’s primary ballot. It is not only historic and justified, but is necessary to protect the future of democracy in our country,” said CREW President Noah Bookbinder.