SCOTUS Makes Big Announcement

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling, stating that Colorado cannot disqualify former President Donald Trump from appearing on the 2024 ballot.

The unanimous decision overturns a previous ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court, which argued that the Fourteenth Amendment’s “Insurrection Clause” prevents Trump from appearing on the ballot for the presidency in 2024.

This is the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was proposed by Congress in 1866 and ratified by the States in 1868. The court noted that this amendment fundamentally altered the balance of state and federal power established by the Constitution. The ruling also stated that the power to determine if a candidate is eligible for office lies with Congress, not the states.

The court’s decision was based on the Enforcement Act of 1870, which gave Congress the power to “enforce” the Fourteenth Amendment. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice Chase, stated that allowing states to enforce Section 3 against federal officeholders or candidates would go against the intent of the Framers and would “sever the direct link” between the National Government and the people of the United States.

Even liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson filed a separate opinion concurring with the judgment that no state can disqualify a federal candidate from the ballot. This shows that the decision was not based on partisan lines, but rather on a strict interpretation of the Constitution.

Shortly after the ruling, Trump took to Truth Social to declare this as a “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!” While the former president remains a polarizing figure, the court’s decision was not based on his individual merits, but rather on the principle that only Congress has the power to determine the eligibility of federal candidates.

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Trump v. Anderson is significant not only for its impact on Trump’s potential candidacy in 2024 but also for establishing the precedent that the enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment falls under the jurisdiction of Congress, not the states.