In a historic and unprecedented move, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled to disqualify former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state's ballots in the 2024 election. The decision, made under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, is related to Trump's role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
In a 4-3 ruling on Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court determined that Trump's actions leading up to the violent and deadly riot at the Capitol constitute "insurrection" and therefore disqualify him from holding any public office again. Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the majority opinion, "We do not take this decision lightly. However, we have a solemn duty to uphold the law and the Constitution, and in this case, the evidence against Mr. Trump is overwhelming. We cannot condone actions that threaten the fundamental principles of our democracy."
Three Supreme Court justices dissented from the majority opinion, citing concerns about infringing on the right of voters to choose their preferred candidate. Nevertheless, the ruling is now stayed until January 4, allowing time for any potential appeals to be made.
The Colorado Supreme Court has just disqualified President Trump from being on the GOP Primary Ballot.
This is ELECTION INTERFERENCE! pic.twitter.com/iXjDuRdoEG
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) December 19, 2023
Trump has yet to respond to the Colorado Supreme Court's decision, but during a rally on Tuesday night, he accused Democrats of trying to stop him "by any means necessary." He also claimed that the Democratic Party is "weaponizing law enforcement" to interfere in the election because he is "beating them so badly in the polls."
However, the Colorado Supreme Court's decision was not a partisan one, as all seven justices were appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors.
The Trump campaign has already announced plans to file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court, along with a request for a stay of the decision. Campaign spokesman Steven Cheung called the ruling "deeply undemocratic" and insisted that Trump would be successful in having the decision overturned.
While the Colorado District Court judge previously allowed Trump to remain on the ballot, she also found evidence that the former president engaged in insurrection and attempted to overturn the 2020 presidential election. This ruling was cited by the Colorado Supreme Court as evidence of Trump's disqualification.
BREAKING REPORT: Colorado Republican Party announces it will WITHDRAW FROM THE PRIMARY and “convert to a pure caucus system” if the states Supreme Court’s ruling stands.
“We will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to… pic.twitter.com/FTwU0BleAO
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) December 20, 2023
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who will be responsible for enforcing the court's decision, issued a statement saying she would "continue to follow court guidance on this important issue." She praised the court's decision, saying it is "common sense and necessary to protect the integrity of our democracy."
This ruling has far-reaching implications beyond just the state of Colorado. Disqualification lawsuits against Trump regarding his appearance on the ballot are pending in 13 other states, including Texas, Nevada, and Wisconsin. If the disqualification is upheld, it would set a precedent that could impact future elections and potentially prevent Trump from seeking any public office again.