177 Members of Congress Join Ted Cruz and Steve Scalise in Brief to Supreme Court in Support of President Trump’s Right to Be Placed on the Colorado Ballot

The Colorado Marxists who refused to allow Republicans to place Donald Trump on the state’s ballot.
Published January 18, 2024

177 members of Congress joined Ted Cruz and Steve Scalise in an Amicus Curiae Brief to the US Supreme Court in support of President Donald Trump in the Colorado case to remove Trump from the ballot.

Last month, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision to keep President Trump off the 2024 Primary ballot in the state.  The Colorado high court has been the only court to rule this way out of several decided or dismissed in other states.

A week later, the Maine Secretary of State ruled that President Trump was ineligible from her state’s ballot but conceded that the US Supreme Court will likely have to interpret the 14th Amendment and its application.

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the case regarding the implementation of the 14th Amendment in this situation.  The hearing is set for February 8th.



In a petition for Writ of Certiorari, Trump’s legal team argued the implications of leaving the interpretation of the 14th Amendment to the States, stating:

Vice President Harris, President Biden, and their staffs advocated for, marched with, and provided material support to rioters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020.  These rioters stormed the White House, injuring police officers and forcing the President, his family, and his staff to shelter in a bunker.  They also killed people, took over government buildings, caused extensive property damage, and sought to establish alternative “governments” in the form of so-called “autonomous zones.”  If a state official believes that President Biden or Vice President Harris aided these efforts, he may eliminate President Biden and Vice President Harris from the ballot.  And all their past actions can be nullified as “ultra vires.”

The petition went on to cite Congresswoman Maxine Waters saying “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd and you push back on them.”  It then mentions that then-House Whip Steve Scalise was in-fact confronted at a Congressional softball game and shot by the attacker.


SOURCE: www.thegatewaypundit.com

RELATED: McConnell, Senate Republicans sign brief supporting Trump effort to stay on ballot

Published January 18, 2024

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other Senate Republicans have signed on to a brief supporting former President Trump in his Colorado ballot case at the Supreme Court.

The brief argues that the decision by the Colorado Supreme Court last month to kick the former president off the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment “tramples the prerogatives of members of Congress.”

The brief was filed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Thursday, and 177 other members of Congress signed on alongside the two Southern lawmakers. McConnell and Trump have frequently battled, but McConnell joined more than 40 other Senate Republicans in arguing his name should not be taken off the ballot.

“The court below raced past numerous textual and structural limitations on Section 3, which are primarily designed to ensure that Congress controls the enforcement and (if necessary) removal of Section 3’s ‘disability’ on holding office,” the brief reads.

In a press release, Scalise said the Colorado Supreme Court has “no authority to remove President Trump from the ballot in the 2024 presidential election.”

“By taking away people’s choice, the Colorado Supreme Court is setting a dangerous precedent and subverting the will of the American people,” Scalise said. “I’m proud to lead this amicus effort with Senator Cruz to stand up for American voters and our Constitution, and I urge the Supreme Court to thoughtfully consider our arguments and reverse this disastrous decision.”

Thursday’s brief follows other briefs from the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) earlier this month in support of Trump’s challenge of the Centennial State’s highest court’s decision.

“The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision is historically implausible,” the RNC and NRCC brief read.


SOURCE: www.thehill.com

RELATED: 179 Congressional Republicans Urge Supreme Court to Keep Trump on Ballot

Republican presidential candidate and former President Donald Trump takes the stage during a campaign rally at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth, N.H., on Jan. 17, 2024. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Published January 18, 2024

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) were joined by 177 other members of Congress, including high-ranking Republicans such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to keep former President Donald Trump on the ballot in the 2024 election.

“As elected officials, amici have a strong interest in ensuring that the rules for eligibility for federal office are clear, objective, and neutral, rather than malleable and conveniently applied to ensnare political opponents,” their brief reads.

Since the Supreme Court agreed on Jan. 5 to hear President Trump’s appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify him as a candidate, some 40 amici briefs have been submitted. Legal groups, bar associations, experts, and concerned voters—individually and in groups—have urged the high court on a daily basis to put an end to the legal confusion and political “chaos” resulting from the Colorado decision.

The lawmakers argue that the Colorado court improperly interpreted Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era statute meant to bar some people who had “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office.

“Enforcing Section 3 requires implementing legislation from Congress, thereby protecting candidates from abuse by state officials,” the brief reads.

They also argue that because Congress has the ability to remove a Section 3 disability with a two-thirds vote any time up to the moment the candidate holds office, a state court has no right to circumvent this process. The lawmakers are requesting that the Supreme Court reverse the Colorado decision to disqualify President Trump from the ballot.


SOURCE: www.ntd.com



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