US Supreme Court Urged to Overturn Colorado High Court Decision Barring Trump From Ballot

The Colorado Republican Party has taken a bold step by requesting the US Supreme Court to overturn the ruling of the state’s high court, which barred former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot. This decision by the Colorado Supreme Court came to light last Tuesday, disqualifying Trump from the upcoming presidential election.

It is worth noting that all 7 justices of the Colorado Supreme Court were appointed by Democrats. However, 3 of the justices dissented to last week’s ruling, indicating a division within the court over this decision. The legal basis for the disqualification is rooted in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which allows for public officials who have “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the US to be disqualified from holding public office.

Despite this ruling, it is important to highlight the fact that Trump has not been formally charged with engaging in insurrection or rebellion against the United States. Furthermore, the state’s high court has temporarily stayed their decision, leaving room for an appeal. The ruling is set to go into effect on January 4, 2024. Trump’s campaign has announced that they will appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.

The Colorado Republican Party is being represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a conservative organization led by former Trump attorney Jay Sekulow. Politico reported that the state Republican committee filed a petition late Wednesday, urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling. They argue that the presidency is not covered by the 14th Amendment, and the insurrection clause is not “self-executing,” thus stating that Congress must be the sole enforcer.

Additionally, they claim that states cannot make this determination on their own and that the state Republican Party’s First Amendment rights of association have been violated by kicking Trump off the primary ballot. This move by the Colorado GOP has now officially dragged the nation’s top court into the ongoing legal battle over whether Trump can be legally barred from running for office.

The significance of this case has drawn attention to the broader debate surrounding the legal implications of the 14th Amendment in relation to the disqualification of political candidates. As the legal proceedings unfold, all eyes are on the US Supreme Court as it gears up for what could be a landmark election case. The outcome of this appeal will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for the future of American politics.

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