“Colorado Bars Donald Trump from Participation in 2024 Presidential Primary Ballot”
The former US president, Donald Trump, has been disqualified from participating in Colorado’s Republican presidential primary ballot following his involvement in activities linked to overturning the 2020 presidential election. This legal ruling could have substantial implications for the 2024 presidential race.
Colorado’s supreme court declared on Tuesday that Trump, under the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution, is unfit to hold office, as it prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion from serving in official positions.
This ruling signifies a significant legal setback for Trump as he faces multiple legal challenges nationwide while aiming for a second term in the White House. While the immediate impact is limited to Colorado’s ballots, it could spark a substantial legal battle in the US Supreme Court with broader implications.
The court expressed the gravity of their decision, stating, “We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” highlighting their responsibility to apply the law impartially.
The ruling emanated from a case filed earlier this year by a group of Colorado voters, alleging Trump’s involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot to halt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. In a 4-3 decision, the majority found evidence supporting Trump’s engagement in insurrection.
However, Colorado’s chief justice, Brian Boatright, dissented, suggesting the case should have been dismissed. He pointed out the complexity of disqualifying a candidate for engaging in insurrection compared to other presidential qualifications addressed by Colorado law.
Trump, a prominent contender for the Republican nomination in 2024, faces additional legal challenges, including criminal charges in federal court and Georgia related to his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. He has pleaded not guilty.
Trump’s campaign plans to file an appeal against the order with the US Supreme Court, dismissing the ruling as “completely flawed.”
Republican figures, including House Speaker Mike Johnson, criticized the decision, deeming it a partisan attack. Trump’s opponents, including Chris Christie and Ron DeSantis, offered support, arguing that Trump’s fate should be determined by voters, not the courts.
While Colorado holds only ten electoral college votes out of 538, legal efforts to disqualify Trump in other states have not succeeded. The ruling in Colorado is temporarily stayed until January 4 pending a potential review by the US Supreme Court.
The highest court is also deliberating on a separate appeal concerning federal criminal cases against Trump, where he contends that his presidency should shield him from prosecution over alleged election interference. The special counsel overseeing the cases disagrees and seeks a swift ruling from the Supreme Court.