The Colorado Republican Party has turned to the U.S. Supreme Court for assistance after the state’s top court barred former President Donald Trump from being included on the Republican primary ballot. An attorney representing the Republican group confirmed this development.
The Colorado Supreme Court disqualified Trump on December 19th due to his involvement in the attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters on January 6th, 2021. Trump was barred from holding public office under a U.S. constitutional provision that prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion.
The Colorado Republican Party has enlisted the services of Jay Sekulow from the American Center for Law & Justice, a conservative litigation firm.
Trump, the leading contender for the Republican 2024 presidential nomination, is anticipated to submit his own appeal. The state’s supreme court had temporarily suspended its ruling until January 4th, asserting that if Trump were to appeal, he would still be eligible to appear on the ballot.
In a historic decision, the Colorado court became the first to utilize Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment, also known as the disqualification clause, to declare a presidential candidate unfit for the presidency.
The Colorado Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling, overturned a lower court judge’s decision that accused Trump of incitement of violence and engaging in insurrection. The court argued that although Trump was not considered an “officer of the United States” under the Fourteenth Amendment, he still held responsibility for his actions as president.
The Colorado court determined that Trump’s involvement in inciting violence at the Capitol, during the meeting to certify the 2020 election results, amounted to participating in an insurrection. Additionally, the court affirmed that the provision on insurrection applies to the presidency.
Trump’s supporters launched the attack in an endeavor to overturn his defeat in the 2020 election to Democratic President Joe Biden. Trump, despite his unfounded claims of fraud, wrongly believes that the election was stolen from him.
Several lawsuits attempting to prevent Trump from appearing on the primary ballot in various states have been dismissed by the courts. In Minnesota, the top court rejected an endeavor to disqualify Trump from the Republican primary, although it did not make a decision regarding his overall eligibility to hold the position of president.
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