The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to run in the state's primary contest for the 2024 presidential election. This decision is grounded in a little-known section of the US Constitution which disqualifies individuals who engage in insurrection, a charge the court found applicable to Mr.
Donald Trump based on his actions preceding the January 6 riot.
"A majority of the court holds that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment," the court stated, referencing the constitutional provision aimed at preventing those involved in "insurrection or rebellion" against the Constitution from holding federal office.This clause, originating from the post-Civil War era, was initially intended to stop supporters of the southern states from returning to government positions.
Potential Impacts on Trump's 2024 Presidential Ambitions
While this ruling is a setback for Trump, it does not entirely preclude him from the 2024 presidential race.
The decision currently applies only to Colorado, allowing Trump to participate in Republican primaries in other states. Considering his lead over other Republican contenders, Donald Trump could still secure his party's nomination without competing in Colorado.
However, the ruling may set a precedent for similar lawsuits in other states. Dozens of states have filed lawsuits seeking to bar Donald Trump from running, and Colorado's decision could influence these cases. If Trump were to be disqualified from running in a state where the race between him and Democratic President Joe Biden is expected to be close, it could have critical implications for the general election.
Mr. Trump has expressed his intention to appeal to the US Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado decision, setting the stage for a potentially pivotal legal battle that could reshape the 2024 presidential race. As legal and political analysts scrutinize this development, the implications of Colorado's decision loom large over the American political landscape.