TRUMP REMOVED FROM 2024 BALLOT IN COLORADO BASED ON 14th AMENDMENT INSURRECTIONIST BAN
In a historic decision yesterday, the Colorado Supreme Court removed former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot.
The court ruled 4-3 that Trump isn’t an eligible presidential candidate because of the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.”
The ruling will be placed on hold pending appeal until January 4, 2024.
The decision only applies to voters in Colorado.
Ratified after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment says officials who take an oath to support the Constitution are banned from future office if they “engaged in insurrection.” But the wording is vague. It doesn’t explicitly mention the presidency and has only been applied twice since 1919.
All seven justices on the Colorado Supreme Court were appointed by Democratic governors.
Trump denies any wrongdoing regarding January 6 and has decried the 14th Amendment lawsuits as an abuse of the legal process.
Trump said it is an attempt to use the courts to stop him from returning to the White House while he is the front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
The court issued several key findings in its decision. The court said the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol was an insurrection. Colorado state law allows voters to challenge Trump’s eligibility under the federal constitution’s “insurrectionist ban.” Colorado courts can enforce the ban without any action from Congress.