Donald Trump’s 2024 Run: Legal Battle in Colorado

Donald Trump: On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that due to Donald Trump’s role in inciting the January 6, 2021 insurrection, he is constitutionally barred from seeking office again. He’s ineligible for the 2024 ballot.

Can Donald Trump Run Again In 2024

Due to the events on January 6, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Donald Trump is ineligible to run for president in 2024.

Following this historic 14th Amendment judgment disqualifying Trump from the primary ballot, a legal battle over the election outcome is set to unfold in the nation’s highest court.

In a 4-3 decision, the majority of Colorado’s seven judges determined that the former president “engaged in insurrection.” This ruling is likely to face challenges and spark intense reactions from both Trump’s supporters and those who have condemned his actions since January 6.

Trump Disqualified From 2024 Ballot

As the 2024 election draws closer, legal experts are divided on whether Donald Trump can be ousted from office under the 14th Amendment. Some conservative professors argue against Trump’s removal, presenting valid points on both sides of the debate.

Trump vehemently opposes efforts to remove him, asserting that such actions violate his constitutional rights. He insists that only congressional action could activate the 14th Amendment’s provisions.

Despite favorable court rulings in states like Florida, Michigan, and Minnesota allowing Trump’s candidacy, various groups including CREW and Free Speech for People have initiated legal challenges across the country opposing his candidacy.

However, judges in Michigan and Minnesota suggested the possibility of reopening cases for the general election but noted their inability to specifically remove Donald Trump from the primary ballot. Currently, twelve states still have ongoing challenges against Trump’s candidacy, according to a Lawfare tracker.

When Will the 4-3 Decision Be Postponed?

The 4-3 decision will be delayed until January 4 pending Donald Trump’s appeal to the US Supreme Court, potentially offering a nationwide resolution. This significant decision by the state Supreme Court could impact the 2024 presidential race, albeit currently limited to Colorado.

Scheduled for March 5, the Republican primary in Colorado necessitates a resolution by January 5, the legal deadline for finalizing the candidate roster, as per state election officials.

What Is the 14th Amendment?

An amendment is a change or addition to the Constitution that becomes part of the legal framework of a country.

The 14th Amendment was introduced after the Civil War to address multiple issues stemming from the conflict. Tom Ginsburg, a professor at the University of Chicago specializing in international law and political science, noted its significance.

In 1861, Southern states seceded from the Union to establish the Confederacy, primarily to maintain slavery, sparking the Civil War. Ginsburg highlights that the 14th Amendment aims to ensure equality under the law and extend constitutional protections to all states, thus promoting racial justice.

Trump’s Remarks on the 14th Amendment

The President Calls Democrats’ Use of the 14th Amendment a Political Maneuver for 2024.

“This week, Donald Trump took to social media to dismiss Democrats’ efforts, stating, ‘Most legal scholars agree that applying the 14th Amendment to the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election lacks legal grounding.’

While legal experts clarify that criminal charges may not directly trigger the 14th Amendment, Trump faces four indictments, two linked to alleged attempts to manipulate the 2020 elections. Notably, being convicted and imprisoned doesn’t disqualify someone from running for president.

At Least Two Secretaries of State Assert Trump Won’t Face Removal

At least two secretaries of state assert that Trump won’t be removed from the ballot on their own authority. Adrian Fontes from Arizona cited a state supreme court decision prohibiting him from executing Section Three.

Brad Raffensperger of Georgia emphasized that the voters should decide Trump’s candidacy. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, he expressed, “Denying voters the chance to choose goes against American values.”

Jena Griswold, Secretary of State in Colorado, mentioned monitoring ongoing litigation in the state. She highlighted the unprecedented nature of the situation and the need for guidance from legal proceedings, stating, “This is an unusual circumstance. We’ve never seen a president so openly challenge our democracy and incite an insurrection.”

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