SCOTUS Takes Trump’s Side in Ballot Dispute

( – Former President Donald Trump achieved a major victory this week after the US Supreme Court unanimously sided with his challenge to an attempt by the state of Colorado to remove him from its 2024 primary election ballot.

On Monday, Feb. 4, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump and tossed out Colorado’s attempt to throw him off its state ballot. All nine justices voted in favor of the former president’s appeal in a ruling that will also impact the ongoing efforts in over 30 other states to kick him off their ballots.

The case against Trump was based on an article of the 14th Amendment, which originated after the Civil War. The section in question bans anyone who once “engaged in insurrection” from holding any public office. Colorado lawmakers argued that Trump egged on the Jan. 6, 2021, riots at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., which they argue constituted an insurrection by attempting to overturn the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.

In their decision, the Supreme Court concluded that although states can disqualify current office holders or anyone seeking to hold office in their respective states, they do not have the power “to enforce Section 3” from a state level for offices at the federal level, “especially the Presidency.” The decision also seemed to indicate that any future attempts to throw Trump off the ballot would fail, citing the confusion that could result from “conflicting state outcomes” over a candidate as each state government may have different standards for “disqualification determinations” based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

Shortly after the ruling was announced, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold commented on the ruling and clarified that Trump “is an eligible candidate” in the state’s primary.

The former president posted his reaction on his social media platform Truth Social, calling it a “big win” for the whole country. The victory was widely celebrated by the former president’s supporters, who took to social media to express their celebratory sentiments.

The day before the decision, Trump lost in the Washington, D.C., primary election to Nikki Haley, who achieved her first victory. Trump won every previous contest, and his performance during Super Tuesday will surely solidify him as the Republican nominee.

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