Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Insurrection Ban: Trump Barred from State Ballot

In a 4-3 ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court decided that Trump cannot run for president in the state’s 2024 election. The ruling is based on the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban,” which was added after the Civil War.
The court’s majority opinion states, “President Trump did not merely incite the insurrection. Even when the siege on the Capitol was fully underway, he continued to support it by repeatedly demanding that Vice President (Mike) Pence refuse to perform his constitutional duty and by calling Senators to persuade them to stop the counting of electoral votes. These actions constituted overt, voluntary, and direct participation in the insurrection.”
The decision applies only to Colorado but is expected to have a significant impact on the 2024 presidential campaign. The ruling will be placed on hold until January 4, pending Trump’s appeal to the US Supreme Court. Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung stated, “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.”

Along with this ruling, Trump is currently under federal and state indictment over his alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The former president claims he did no such thing and has not plead guilty. Last week, a lower court in Michigan considered the same argument and found that Trump could remain on that state’s ballot.