Former President Donald Trump’s campaign has publicly responded to the recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. The statement issued sharply criticized the court’s decision, pointing out that all its appointees are members of the Democratic Party.
On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, declared Donald Trump constitutionally unfit to appear on the state’s 2024 presidential ballot. The ruling, based on the insurrection clause of the U.S. Constitution, marks the first instance of a state supreme court directly addressing and deciding on Trump’s qualifications for future office.
Trump’s team accused the court of supporting a “Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme” to interfere in the election on behalf of Joe Biden by removing Trump’s name from the ballot. The move, they say, denies Colorado voters the right to choose their preferred candidate.
“Democrat Party leaders are in a state of paranoia over the growing, dominant lead President Trump has amassed in the polls. They have lost faith in the failed Biden presidency and are now doing everything they can to stop the American voters from throwing them out of office next November,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung wrote.
“The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision.”
The case originated from a petition filed by a group of Colorado electors, which led to a trial in the Denver District Court. The court found “clear and convincing” evidence that Trump engaged in insurrection as defined in Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.
However, the Colorado Supreme Court ultimately held that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three, making it illegal under the Election Code for the Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.
This ruling is on hold for appeal until January 4, 2024. It presents a significant constitutional question concerning the application of the Fourteenth Amendment’s Section Three in the context of presidential eligibility.
The section, often referred to as the “Disqualification Clause,” addresses the eligibility of individuals to serve in certain federal positions, including the presidency, based on their involvement in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.
Here’s the relevant text from Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
The Trump campaign’s planned appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court indicates that this issue will likely be explored further at a national level, potentially setting a precedent for future cases involving constitutional eligibility for presidential candidates.
BREAKING: The Colorado Supreme Court has removed Donald Trump from the Colorado ballot under the 14th Amendment.
They’re not even trying to hide rigging elections anymore.
“A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President… pic.twitter.com/2bQwJpbfCW
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 19, 2023
This is what an *actual* attack on democracy looks like: in an un-American, unconstitutional, and *unprecedented* decision, a cabal of Democrat judges are barring Trump from the ballot in Colorado. Having tried every trick in the book to eliminate President Trump from running in…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 19, 2023
They impeached Trump 2x, arrested and indicted him 4x, and charged him 91x.
That didn’t work, so now the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that they are removing him from the 2024 ballot.
It looks like other states will follow.
Saving democracy by ending it.
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) December 19, 2023
Donald Trump has never been found guilty of any crime, ever. Most certainly he has never been convicted of insurrection.
The real "war on democracy" is being waged in Colorado. #Shame
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 19, 2023
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