Summary: The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to be a presidential candidate in the state’s 2024 ballot due to the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.” This decision, which applies only to Colorado, is based on Trump’s actions during the January 6 Capitol siege.
Colorado Supreme Court Rules Trump Ineligible for 2024 Ballot Under Insurrectionist Ban
In a landmark decision, the Colorado Supreme Court removed Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, ruling that he is not an eligible presidential candidate under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.” The 4-3 ruling will be on hold until January 4, pending Trump’s appeal to the US Supreme Court.
The state Supreme Court’s decision, which only applies to Colorado, could significantly impact the 2024 presidential campaign. The court majority stated that Trump did not just incite the insurrection but continued to support it even as the Capitol siege was underway. They concluded that Trump’s actions constituted direct participation in the insurrection.
The court also rejected Trump’s free speech claims, stating that his speech on January 6 was not protected by the First Amendment. The 14th Amendment, ratified after the Civil War, bans officials who take an oath to support the Constitution from future office if they engage in insurrection. However, its application to the presidency has been vague and rarely invoked.
The Trump campaign plans to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court, criticizing the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling as flawed and undemocratic. The ruling has drawn support and criticism from various political figures, with GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy calling it an “actual attack on democracy.”
The ruling’s implications extend beyond Colorado, as similar appeals are pending in other states. The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision includes several key findings, such as the applicability of the insurrectionist ban to the presidency and the classification of the January 6 attack as an insurrection.
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