Colorado Supreme Court removes Donald Trump from state's 2024 ballot

December 20, 2023 16:11
Colorado Supreme Court removes Donald Trump from state's 2024 ballot

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Colorado Supreme Court removes Donald Trump from state's 2024 ballot:- In a groundbreaking ruling on Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court declared that Donald Trump would be prohibited from participating in the state's presidential primary. This decision was reached after it was determined that Trump had actively participated in the insurrection that took place on January 6, 2021.

This 4-3 ruling is unprecedented as it marks the first time a court has utilized a provision from the 1868 Constitution to prevent a presidential candidate with insurrectionist ties from appearing on the ballot. Similar cases are currently being deliberated in other states, and if they reach the same conclusion, Trump's chances of securing the Republican nomination and winning the election in November would be extremely slim, if not impossible.

Undoubtedly, this ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. However, it will be solely at the discretion of the justices to determine whether they will review the case. Scholars have emphasized that only the highest court in the nation can provide a definitive resolution for all states, specifically regarding whether the events of January 6 constituted an insurrection and whether Trump is indeed disqualified from running for office.

The decision itself states, "The majority of the court firmly believes that President Trump is ineligible to hold the position of President in accordance with Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution."

The Colorado Secretary of State needs to include him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot, according to Trump. The U.S. Supreme Court is also considering a request from special counsel Jack Smith to speed up the review of Trump's immunity claim in one of his criminal cases. This case involves his federal indictment in Washington for allegedly attempting to obstruct President Biden's election victory in 2020. Trump has denied any wrongdoing. The majority of the Colorado Supreme Court has determined that the trial judge was allowed to take into account Congress's investigation of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which played a role in determining that Trump engaged in insurrection.

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