Colorado Supreme Court Ignores Constitution, Disqualifies Trump from State Ballot Over Jan. 6

Dec 20, 2023

The Democrat-appointed Colorado Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that President Donald Trump is disqualified from holding office and ordered the secretary of state to remove his name from the state's 2024 presidential primary ballot over Jan. 6 “insurrection” allegations.

The court’s majority made the disqualification under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution because of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The court’s majority said they are “mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us” and the “solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach."

The Trump campaign said it plans to “swiftly” appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court. The Trump campaign and legal experts are confident the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the court’s decision.

Liberty Counsel Associate Vice President of Legal Affairs Daniel Schmid said, “Two of the most sacrosanct rights arising in the United States Constitution are right to a trial by an impartial jury and the right to vote. The Colorado Supreme Court has denied President Trump the first, and the American people the second. The Supreme Court cannot allow such gross intrusion into liberty to stand.”

Schmid pointed out how the Colorado Supreme Court “convicted” Trump of an insurrection without due process and without a criminal trial. He said the Colorado Supreme Court is traveling in “unauthorized, unconscionable, and unconstitutional territory.”

“Where does Colorado derive the authority to criminalize the speech of the President of the United States, label it an insurrection, and then prohibit him from seeking office?” Schmid asked.

In Colorado Supreme Court Justice Carlos Samour’s dissent, he warned of “chaos in the country” and said, “this can’t possibly be the outcome the framers intended.”

“The decision to bar former President Donald J. Trump (President Trump)—by all accounts the current leading Republican presidential candidate (and reportedly the current leading overall presidential candidate)—from Colorado's presidential primary ballot flies in the face of the due process doctrine," Samour wrote.

If the ruling is upheld, the Colorado Republican Party said it will withdraw from the primary election and move to a caucus system. Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said he pledges to withdraw from the Colorado GOP ballot until Trump is allowed to be on the ballot. He called the other three GOP candidates to do the same.

The court paused its decision until Jan. 4, which is a day before the deadline to certify candidates for the March 5 primary, according to CBS News.

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