Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswol announced Thursday Donald Trump would remain on the presidential ballot after the Colorado Republican Party filed its appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Wednesday, lawyers for the Colorado Republican Party asked the high court to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling to boot Trump off the ballot under the ‘insurrection clause’ of the U.S. Constitution.

Griswold said Trump will stay on the state’s ballot “unless the U.S. Supreme Court declines to take the case or otherwise affirms the Colorado Supreme Court ruling.”

Fox News reports:

“Donald Trump engaged in insurrection and was disqualified under the Constitution from the Colorado Ballot,” Griswold said in a press release.

“The Colorado Supreme Court got it right. This decision is now being appealed,” she continued. “I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to act quickly given the upcoming presidential primary election.”

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Trump’s inclusion on the ballot creates an unprecedented situation for the U.S. Supreme Court amid two dueling rulings — the controversial Colorado ruling and the Michigan Supreme Court’s ruling batting down an attempt to remove Trump from the primary ballot there.

The Colorado Supreme Court stayed its ruling until Jan. 4 to allow time for an appeal to its decision.

According to lawyer Jay Sekulow, the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision “presents a constitutional crisis, national in scope.”

From SCOTUSblog:

Sekulow warned of “catastrophic effects” if the state supreme court’s decision is allowed to stand, predicting that “any voter will have the power to sue to disqualify any political candidate,” which will “not only distort the 2024 presidential election but will also mire courts henceforth in political controversies over nebulous accusations of insurrection.”

Sekulow urged the court to take up the case quickly “to prevent the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision from having an irreparable effect on the electoral process.” He indicated that he was “prepared to abide by whatever expedited processes this Court may set.”

On Dec. 19, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump was ineligible to serve as president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which bars anyone who has served as “an officer of the United States” and has previously taken an oath to support the U.S. Constitution from holding “any office . . . under the United States” if he has “engaged in insurrection.”

The Daily Mail reports that Donald Trump still intends to appeal the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The appeal will surely set up a judicial showdown, as the high court has never ruled on the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment.

Per Daily Mail:

Colorado’s majority opinion is the first time in history that the 14th Amendment provision was used to block a presidential contender’s campaign.

‘The Colorado Supreme Court has removed the leading Republican candidate from the primary and general ballots, fundamentally changing the course of American democracy,’ the Colorado Republican Party’s attorneys wrote.

The filing was posted on the website of a group run by Jay Sekulow, a former attorney for Trump representing the Colorado Republican Party who announced he was filing the appeal Wednesday.

Colorado Republican Party chairman Dave Williams confirmed the appeal was filed Wednesday.

The attorneys added: ‘Unless the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision is overturned, any voter will have the power to sue to disqualify any political candidate, in Colorado or in any other jurisdiction that follows its lead.’

‘This will not only distort the 2024 presidential election but will also mire courts henceforth in political controversies over nebulous accusations of insurrection.’

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to take the case, either after the Colorado GOP’s appeal or Trump’s own appeal.

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