The Colorado Supreme Court has handed down a historic decision, disqualifying former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state ballot in the 2024 election. The 4-3 ruling, made under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, was a direct result of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, which Trump has been found to have incited.
In a statement released by Trump Campaign Spokesman Steven Cheung, an appeal will be filed with the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday night. The statement also accused the Colorado Supreme Court of being biased, as it is “an all-Democrat appointed” panel. Cheung also claimed that the ruling was part of a scheme by “a Soros-funded, left-wing group” to interfere in the election and stop Trump from winning.
However, the majority ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court dismissed these assertions and stated that the decision was made solely based on the law. They wrote, “We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.”
The Colorado Supreme Court just disqualified Trump from the 2024 election.
You can have your own opinions, but here’s the thing: American citizens have the right to vote for whoever they want. That’s democracy.
The Supreme Court needs to set this right.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) December 20, 2023
The dissenting judges in the ruling argued that disqualifying Trump from appearing on the ballot was an overreach by the court, stating that the 14th Amendment only applies to current officeholders and not to candidates. They also expressed concerns over the potential infringement of the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice.
The ruling has been stayed until January 4 to allow for potential appeals, but Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has stated that she will continue to follow court guidance on the issue. She also confirmed that the decision may be appealed further.
This disqualification is just one of several lawsuits pending in multiple states seeking to keep Trump off the ballot in 2024 due to his involvement in the Capitol riot. Trump’s disqualification in Colorado could be a blow to his political ambitions, as he won the state by a significant margin in the 2020 election.
🚨 BREAKING: Donald Trump reacts to the Colorado Supreme Court removing him from the 2024 ballot
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 20, 2023
During a speech in Iowa on Tuesday night, Trump did not mention the Colorado ruling but accused Democrats of “weaponizing law enforcement” to interfere in the election. He also claimed that Democrats are “desperate to stop us by any means necessary” and accused President Joe Biden of being a “threat to democracy.”