EDITORIAL: The worst possible blow to Trump’s candidacy
It will very definitely be appealed before the US Supreme Court, but in a shocking decision this week, the Colorado Supreme Court removed former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, throwing a monkey wrench to his plan to retake the White House.
The Colorado high court ruled that Trump is not an eligible presidential candidate based on the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.”
Ruling four in favor and three against, the Colorado SC’s decision will be placed on hold until January 4, next year, to give time for Trump to appeal the decision.
The matter needs to be settled by January 5, the statutory deadline to set the list of bets for the Republican primary.
In its ruling, the high court said: “President Trump did not merely incite the insurrection. Even when the siege on the Capitol was fully underway, he continued to support it by repeatedly demanding that Vice President Pence refuse to perform his constitutional duty and by calling Senators to persuade them to stop the counting of electoral votes.”
Trump’s actions “constituted overt, voluntary, and direct participation in the insurrection,” the court concluded.
The Colorado high tribunal also stated that the evidence against the 45th POTUS was undisputed at the trial, thereby establishing that Trump did indeed engage in insurrection.
Trump is expected to claim that the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision was political in nature intended to stop his march back to the Oval Office. He has a commanding lead over the rest of the GOP field and is expected to win the nomination with ease.
He will almost surely cite the fact that all seven justices of the Colorado high court were appointed by Democratic governors.
That court determined that Trump’s claims of free speech did not stand, ruling that “President Trump’s speech on January 6 was not protected by the First Amendment.”
The 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist ban, which was ratified after the Civil War, states that officials who take an oath to support the Constitution are banned from future office if they are found to have engaged in insurrection.
Despite leading in all surveys for the GOP nomination, Trump has been mired in a number of legal troubles. His flagship company based in New York faces a ban on doing business in the state, even as Trump faces a fine of as much as $250 million for fraud.
Aside from his stunning defeat in Colorado, Trump’s request for a directed verdict in his New York civil case was rejected by the judge, who said that “a lie is still a lie,” after the former president had been charged with numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation.
Trump, his two adult sons, and senior officials of his organization were found to have submitted “fraudulent valuations” of his assets in order to receive more favorable loan terms.
He also faces cases of election interference, hiding classified documents, and making hush money payments to an adult actress.
Trump has denied all wrongdoing.