Trump Wins Colorado Ballot Disqualification Case at US Supreme Court

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, March 2, 2024, in Richmond, Va. (AP)
Published March 4, 2024

The US Supreme Court handed Donald Trump a major victory on Monday, barring states from disqualifying candidates for federal office under a constitutional provision involving insurrection and reversing Colorado’s exclusion of him from its ballot.

The justices unanimously overturned a Dec. 19 decision by Colorado’s top court to kick the former president off the state’s Tuesday Republican primary ballot after finding that the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment disqualified him from again holding public office. The Colorado court had found that Trump took part in an insurrection for inciting and supporting the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by his supporters.

But four of the nine justices, including the court’s three liberal members, faulted the rest of the court for announcing rules limiting how the constitutional provision may be enforced in the future.

Trump is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden in the Nov. 5 US election. His only remaining rival for his party’s nomination is former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

The ruling was issued on the eve of Super Tuesday, the day in the US presidential primary cycle when the most states hold party nominating contests.

The Supreme Court’s decision came five days after it agreed to decide Trump’s claim of immunity from prosecution on charges related to trying to overturn his 2020 election loss to Biden. The court acted in a speedier manner in deciding the ballot disqualification issue, benefiting Trump, than it has in resolving the immunity question. Delays in deciding the immunity issue could help Trump by delaying his criminal trial.

The 14th Amendment’s Section 3 bars from office any “officer of the United States” who took an oath “to support the Constitution of the United States” and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

“We conclude that states may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But states have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the presidency,” the unsigned opinion for the court stated.

The justices found that only Congress can enforce the provision against federal officeholders and candidates.

“BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!,” Trump wrote on his social media platform immediately after the ruling.



RELATED: Colorado’s Radical Democrat Secretary of State Responds to SCOTUS Unanimous Decision to Put Trump Back on CO Ballot (VIDEO)

Published March 4, 2024

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Monday reacted to the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to put Trump back on the Colorado ballot.

The US Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled Trump can stay on the Colorado primary 2024 ballot.

The Supreme Court said the states lack the power to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution against Presidential candidates.

“For the reasons given, responsibility for enforcing Section against federal officeholders and candidates rests with Congress and not the States. The judgment of the Colorado Supreme Court therefore cannot stand,” the high court’s ruling said.

Jena Griswold said Colorado should be able to bar oath-breaking insurrectionists from the state’s ballot – TRUMP HAS NEVER BEEN CHARGED WITH ENGAGING IN INSURRECTION.

“I am disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision stripping states of the authority to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for federal candidates. Colorado should be able to bar oath-breaking insurrections from our ballot,” Griswold said.




RELATED: US Supreme Court Allows Trump to Remain on Colorado Election Ballot

The Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 4, 2024, where the justices restored Donald Trump to 2024 presidential primary ballots.
Published March 4, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that Donald Trump can stay on the 2024 Colorado election ballot, handing the leading Republican presidential candidate a key victory a day before the western state and 14 others vote in Super Tuesday party primary elections.

The ruling reversed a decision by the Colorado Supreme Court that Trump was ineligible to appear on the state’s ballot because of his role in helping foment the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, which some Trump critics allege violates the U.S. constitutional provision prohibiting insurrectionists from holding public office.

After Trump told his supporters to “fight like hell” at a rally near the White House, hundreds of them rampaged through the Capitol, ransacking some congressional offices and scuffling with police as they tried to keep Congress from certifying that he had lost his 2020 reelection bid to Democrat Joe Biden.

But the nine Supreme Court justices, in an unsigned, 13-page opinion, said the Constitution does not permit a single state to disqualify a presidential candidate from national office.

The court said only Congress is vested with such power, not any of the 50 individual states. The court warned there could be chaos if a candidate for national office could be declared ineligible in some states, but not others, based on the same conduct.

“Nothing in the Constitution requires that we endure such chaos — arriving at any time or different times, up to and perhaps beyond the inauguration” of a new president, the court said. The next U.S. presidential inauguration is set for Jan. 20, 2025.





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