Former President Donald Trump will remain on Colorado’s primary ballot even though the state’s supreme court ruled that the former president is ineligible.
Colorado’s Supreme Court Justices ruled in a 4-3 opinion that the Constitution’s ‘Insurrection Clause’ prohibits former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s ballot. The court found that the president engaged in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.
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“The court found by clear and convincing evidence that President Trump engaged in insurrection as those terms are used in Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the justices wrote in their majority opinion.
They spied on his campaign.
They impeached him.
They created a special counsel to harass him.
They went after him with rogue prosecutors in New York and Atlanta.
They attacked his family.
They kicked him off the ballot in Colorado and Maine.
Despite all that, President…
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However, the former president’s name will remain on the state’s ballot, according to Colorado’s Secretary of State, Jena Griswold. Griswold revealed that the state’s Supreme Court ruling will be placed on hold pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on Trump’s appeal.
“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 US Supreme Court declines to take the case or otherwise affirms the Colorado Supreme Court ruling,” Jena Griswold’s office said in a press release.
BREAKING NEWS: Colorado Secretary of State says that Trump will remain on the Colorado 2024 ballot unless SCOTUS rules otherwise.
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Griswold, in a separate statement, maintains that the Colorado Supreme Court justices made the right decision and that the former president engaged in an insurrection.
“Donald 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,” Griswold said According to The New York Post. “I urge the U.S. Supreme Court to act quickly given the upcoming presidential primary election.”
The Colorado Republican Party and the nonprofit American Center for Law and Justice on Wednesday filed an appeal asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado decision. The 45-page petition argued that the Colorado ruling caused irreparable harm to the Republican party.
“The state has interfered in the primary election by unreasonably restricting the Party’s ability to select its candidates,” the petition reads. “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 Supreme Court has until Jan. 4 to make a decision on the petition.