Colorado Supreme Court Rules Trump Disqualified From The 2024 Ballot

Chris Menahan
Dec. 19, 2023

The all Democrat-appointed Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday staged an insurrection against our sacred democracy by ruling that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on the ballot in 2024.

From The Washington Post, "Trump disqualified from Colorado's 2024 primary ballot by state Supreme Court":
In a historic decision Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court barred Donald Trump from running in the state's presidential primary after determining that he had engaged in insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

The 4-3 ruling marked the first time a court has kept a presidential candidate off the ballot under an 1868 provision of the Constitution that prevents insurrectionists from holding office. The ruling comes as courts consider similar cases in other states.

If other states reach the same conclusion, Trump would have a difficult — if not impossible — time securing the Republican nomination and winning in November.

The decision is certain to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, but it will be up to the justices to decide whether to take the case. Scholars have said only the nation's high court can settle the issue of whether the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol constituted an insurrection and whether Trump is banned from running.

"A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution," the decision reads. "Because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot."
More from The Hill:
Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for Trump's campaign, blamed the decision on the "all-Democrat appointed" court, swearing to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The seven-member bench of Colorado's Supreme Court was entirely appointed by Democratic governors; six later faced voters and won retention elections, while the seventh will do so next year.
"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," Cheung said. "We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits."
They justified their extreme action under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:

They cited the first part of the line about engaging in an "insurrection or rebellion," even though the second part about "giv[ing] aid or comfort to the enemies [of America]" could under the same logic easily be used to bar huge swaths of our Congress from running for reelection.

The court also ruled that Trump effectively has no First Amendment rights:

Odds are overwhelming this lunacy will be overturned by the Supreme Court but regardless it shows how little respect these clowns have for our Constitution and the American public at large.

The lawsuit to kick Trump off state ballots was launched by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which was founded by Norm Eisen.

Eisen farmed the case out to various leftist states and the Colorado Supreme Court was the first to hand him a victory.

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