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Donald Trump Declared Ineligible to Run for President in Colorado by State’s Supreme Court

In a landmark decision, the Colorado Supreme Court, consisting entirely of justices appointed by Democratic governors, declared former U.S. President Donald Trump ineligible for the presidency under the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection clause. This move marks the first-ever use of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to disqualify a presidential candidate.

Unprecedented Ruling Sparks Legal Battle

The court’s 4-3 decision sets the stage for a legal battle, as Trump’s attorneys vowed to appeal the disqualification immediately to the U.S. Supreme Court, which holds the final authority on constitutional matters. The legal challenge revolves around whether the frontrunner for the GOP nomination can remain in the race.

Insurrection Clause Invoked

The court ruled that Trump is disqualified from holding the presidency under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars individuals who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the Constitution from holding office. This decision stems from Trump’s alleged role in inciting the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Deadline Looms for Resolution

While the decision has been stayed until January 4, or until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the case, Colorado officials emphasize the urgency of settling the matter by January 5—the deadline for the state to print its presidential primary ballots.

Political Backlash and Response

Trump’s campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, labeled the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision as “completely flawed” and promised a swift appeal. The Republican National Committee chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, characterized it as “election interference,” and the RNC’s legal team expressed intent to support Trump in fighting the ruling.

National Implications and Precedent

The ruling in Colorado raises concerns for Trump’s candidacy as other courts and election officials across the country may follow suit, potentially excluding him from crucial states. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been the subject of numerous lawsuits nationally, but this is the first case where the disqualification has been upheld.

 

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