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Colorado Supreme Court Rules Donald Trump Ineligible To Run For Office

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled this week (December 19) that Donald Trump is not eligible to run for President in 2024. This means the former President will likely not be included on the ballot in the state’s Republican presidential primary.

In a historic 4-3 ruling, it was determined by the state of Colorado that Trump’s involvement during the insurrection on January 6, 2021, renders him unable to run for president again.

Otherwise known as the insurrection clause, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment prevents anyone who has previously held any office and taken an oath to uphold the constitution but since “engaged in insurrection or rebellion”, from running for public office again be that the presidency, military or any federal and state positions.

In December 2022, the House Jan. 6 Committee found that Donald Trump had in fact participated in a conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and failed to stop his supporters from storming the Capitol in Washington D.C.

Despite this landmark ruling in Colorado, the decision to remove the former President from the state ballot does not interfere with primaries across the rest of the country; Trump currently remains eligible in these states.

Donald Trump responded to this decision on his social media platform, Truth Social, writing that it was “A sad day for America!!!” and “What a shame for our country!!!”. His campaign has assured voters that it will be lodging an appeal with the United States Supreme Court.

When asked for comment this week, President Joe Biden told reporters that whilst the decision to apply the 14th Amendment was up to the court, Trump himself “certainly supported an insurrection”.

Many have questioned what this means ahead of the GOP primary next year, with Trump still leading in a number of national polls. In a show of support for the former President, fellow hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, has withdrawn his name from the Colorado ballot, urging other candidates to do the same. Avid Trump supporter and rumoured VP candidate, Kari Lake, expressed outrage at the ruling calling it “historic election interference”.

Alongside Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunners still vying for the party’s nomination, include former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, Florida governor Ron DeSantis, diplomat and former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, and CEO Vivek Ramaswamy.

Edited by: Kaiyah Ellison

Photo credit: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images

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