SCOTUS’ Decision on Trump Colorado Ballot Making Dem Angry

Former President Donald Trump scored a win in his challenge to Colorado’s efforts to keep him off its 2024 primary ballot on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that he should be allowed on the ballot as the state has no right to keep him out.

Expectedly, the decision did not go down well with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold who gave the order in the first place, citing the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment,, before the state’s Supreme Court upheld the decision.

Shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday, Griswold went on MSNBC to express her disappointment.

“I do believe that states should be able under our constitution to bar oath-breaking insurrectionists. And ultimately this decision leaves open the door for Congress to act, to pass authorizing legislation. But we know that Congress is a nearly non-functioning body. So ultimately, it will be up to the American voters to save our democracy in November,” she said to host Katy Tur.

Griswold’s reaction was different from that of Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows who followed Griswold’s steps and barred Trump from her state’s primary ballot in December.

Upon the Supreme Court’s decision, she withdrew her previous ruling on Trump’s eligibility in a statement in which she wrote, “I have reviewed the Anderson decision carefully. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individual states lack authority to enforce Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment with respect to federal offices.”

“Consistent with my oath and obligation to follow the law and the Constitution, and pursuant to the Anderson decision, I hereby withdraw my determination that Mr. Trump’s primary petition is invalid. As a result of the modified ruling, votes cast for Mr. Trump in the March 5, 2024 Presidential Primary Election will be counted,” she added.

President Joe Biden’s camp also seems not to be happy with the news, even though Biden 2024 Principal Deputy Campaign Manager Quentin Fulks said that the ruling did not mean much to the campaign.

“We don’t really care. It’s not been the way we’ve been planning to beat Donald Trump. Our focus since day one of launching this campaign has been to defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box. And everything we’ve done since the president announced back in April that he’s running for re-election is to build an infrastructure and apparatus to do so,” Fulks told MSNBC host Jen Psaki.

Meanwhile Trump celebrated his freedom to contest for the presidency with a brief message on Truth Social, writing, “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!”