Trump Put Back On Colorado Ballot Pending SCOTUS Ruling
Thanks to the intervention of Colorado’s Republican Party, former President Donald Trump’s name will now be included in the state’s 2024 presidential primary ballot.
The state’s GOP petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to look into last week’s 4-3 decision from the Colorado Supreme Court that disqualified Trump from the ballot citing insurrection.
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“The state has interfered in the primary election by unreasonably restricting the Party’s ability to select its candidates. As a natural and inevitable result, the state has interfered with the Party’s ability to place on the general election ballot the candidate of its choice. And it has done so based on a subjective claim of insurrection the state lacks any constitutional authority to make,” the state’s GOP said in its filing.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office later put out a news release on Thursday, announcing Trump’s inclusion to the primary ballot. The inclusion, however, is not permanent and will be determined by the SCOTUS’ ruling.
“With the appeal filed, Donald Trump will be included as a candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary Ballot when certification occurs on January 5, 2024, unless the U.S. Supreme Court declines to take the case or otherwise affirms the Colorado Supreme Court ruling,” Griswold’s office said in its release.
Griswold, herself said in a statement that Trump “engaged in insurrection and was disqualified under the Constitution from the Colorado Ballot.”
“The Colorado Supreme Court got it right. This decision is now being appealed. I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to act quickly given the upcoming presidential primary election,” she added in a statement.
The case is built on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which bars anyone who swore an oath to support the Constitution and then engaged in insurrection against it from holding office.
While many have argued that the clause was meant to block former Congressional officials from taking public office after joining the Confederacy in the Civil War, many on the left hope it can work out to botch Trump’s presidential candidacy, as they claim that his actions challenging the 2020 election constitute an insurrection.