Donald Trump on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling to remove him from the state’s Republican primary ballot.
In a 4-3 ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court disqualified Trump from the ballot, citing the ‘insurrection clause’ in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Here are the four Colorado Supreme Court Justices who ruled to bar Trump from the ballot:
All 7 Colorado Supreme Court Justices were appointed by Democrats. 3 of them dissented with the ruling to bar Trump.
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NBC News reports:
The Colorado Republican Party had already filed its own appeal. Based on language in the state court ruling, Trump for now remains on the Colorado ballot until the Supreme Court acts.
The Colorado Supreme Court based its Dec. 19 ruling on language in the Constitution’s 14th Amendment that prohibits those who “engaged in insurrection” from running for various federal offices. The case raises various novel legal questions, including whether the language applies to those running for president and who gets to decide whether someone engaged in insurrection.
If the ruling is allowed to stand, it would “mark the first time in the history of the United States that the judiciary has prevented voters from casting ballots for the leading major-party presidential candidate,” Trump’s lawyers said in the filing.
The court, the lawyers said, should “return the right to vote for their candidate of choice to the voters.” Only Congress has the authority to decide who is eligible to serve as president, they added.
Trump’s legal team also argues that even if the provision could be applied to the former president, he did not engage in insurrection on Jan. 6, citing a “long history of political protests that have turned violent.”
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) January 3, 2024
On Tuesday, Trump appealed the ruling from Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to remove him from the state’s primary ballot.
Trump appeals Maine ruling barring him from 2024 primary ballot https://t.co/yddKBfx0hs
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) January 3, 2024
However, the Colorado ruling will be the most significant moving forward.
From the Associated Press:
That’s because the nation’s highest court has never before ruled on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, adopted in 1868 to prevent Confederates from regaining their former government posts. Whatever the Supreme Court decides applies to Colorado will apply to all other 49 states, including Maine.
Trump remains on the ballot in both states until the appeals are done.
Read the court filing HERE.