US Supreme Court to hear Donald Trump’s appeal against Colorado voting ban

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Dec. 19 ruling disqualified Trump from the state’s Republican primary.

Former US president and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Windham, New Hampshire, United States, on August 8, 2023. – Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review Donald Trump’s appeal against a Colorado court’s ruling that barred him from the state’s Republican primary, launching a high-stakes legal battle.

The Court, composed of a conservative majority that includes three justices appointed by Trump, announced the hearing for February 8.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Dec. 19 ruling disqualified Trump from the state’s Republican primary election, citing the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution due to his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. 2021. The ruling was prompted by challenges from Republican and unaffiliated voters in Colorado.

Trump’s legal team quickly filed an appeal, emphasizing that preventing voters from supporting a major party presidential candidate was unprecedented and urging the Supreme Court to overturn Colorado’s decision. They argued that determining eligibility for the presidency falls under the jurisdiction of Congress, not state courts.

This legal dispute not only affects Colorado but also extends to Maine, where Trump faces a similar challenge to appear in the primary elections. Maine’s Secretary of State, a Democrat, ruled against Trump’s inclusion, prompting her lawyers to denounce his decision as biased and arbitrary.

At the center of these disputes is Section Three of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits people involved in “insurrection or rebellion” from holding public office. While some states like Minnesota and Michigan have allowed Trump to remain on their ballots despite challenges, the legal battle intensifies as Colorado and Maine take a different stance.

This case puts the Supreme Court in a critical position, given its potential impact on the 2024 presidential election. Republicans have criticized the disqualification, calling it interference in the electoral process, while defenders argue that holding Trump accountable for alleged insurrection aligns with democratic values.

At the same time, Trump faces legal problems on multiple fronts, including looming lawsuits related to his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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