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Chitchat Trump Banned From Presidential Elections In Colorado State! Guess If Other States Will Follow! End Of MAGA!


Alfrescian (InfP)
Generous Asset
n a stunning and unprecedented decision, the Colorado Supreme Court removed former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, ruling that he isn’t an eligible presidential candidate because of the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.”

The ruling was 4-3.

The ruling will be placed on hold until January 4, pending Trump’s appeal to the US Supreme Court, which could settle the matter for the nation.

The state Supreme Court decision only applies to Colorado but the historic ruling will roil the 2024 presidential campaign. Colorado election officials have said the matter needs to be settled by January 5, which is the statutory deadline to set the list of candidates for the GOP primary.

“President Trump did not merely incite the insurrection,” the majority wrote in its unsigned opinion. “Even when the siege on the Capitol was fully underway, he continued to support it by repeatedly demanding that Vice President (Mike) Pence refuse to perform his constitutional duty and by calling Senators to persuade them to stop the counting of electoral votes. These actions constituted overt, voluntary, and direct participation in the insurrection.”

“We conclude that the foregoing evidence, the great bulk of which was undisputed at trial, established that President Trump engaged in insurrection,” the opinion adds. “President Trump’s direct and express efforts, over several months, exhorting his supporters to march to the Capitol to prevent what he falsely characterized as an alleged fraud on the people of this country were indisputably overt and voluntary.”

In addition, the court rejected Trump’s free speech claims, writing: “President Trump’s speech on January 6 was not protected by the First Amendment.”

Ratified after the Civil War, the 14th Amendment says officials who take an oath to support the Constitution are banned from future office if they “engaged in insurrection.” But the wording is vague, it doesn’t explicitly mention the presidency, and has only been applied twice since 1919.


All seven justices on the Colorado Supreme Court were appointed by Democratic governors. Six of the seven subsequently won statewide retention elections to stay on the bench. The seventh was only appointed in 2021 and hasn’t yet faced voters.

Trump campaign vows to ‘swiftly’ appeal
The Trump campaign says it will “swiftly file an appeal” of the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision.

“The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision. We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits,” Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said in a statement.

Trump denies wrongdoing regarding January 6 and has decried the 14th Amendment lawsuits as an abuse of the legal process. He is under federal and state indictment in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 election – and he has pleaded not guilty.

Key findings
The court issued several key findings in its sweeping decision:

• Colorado state law allows voters to challenge Trump’s eligibility under the federal constitution’s “insurrectionist ban.”

• Colorado courts can enforce the ban without any action from Congress.

• The insurrectionist ban applies to the presidency.

• The January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol was an insurrection.

• Trump “engaged in” the insurrection.

• Trump’s speech “inciting the crowd” on January 6 was “not protected by the First Amendment.”

Chief Justice Brian Boatright, one of the three dissenters on the seven-member court, wrote that he believes Colorado election law “was not enacted to decide whether a candidate engaged in insurrection,” and said he would have dismissed the challenge to Trump’s eligibility.

“In the absence of an insurrection-related conviction, I would hold that a request to disqualify a candidate under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment is not a proper cause of action under Colorado’s election code,” he wrote.

The ruling comes as a similar appeal is pending in Michigan, where Trump also prevailed. He has beaten back 14th Amendment challenges in several key states, while the challengers have pledged to keep fighting in the courts potentially even after the 2024 presidential election, if he wins.

A group of Republican and independent voters filed the lawsuit, in coordination with a liberal government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. A district judge held a weeklong trial and issued a stunning ruling in November that labeled Trump as an insurrectionist but said the presidency is exempt from the vague ban in the 14th Amendment.

The Colorado Supreme Court held oral arguments earlier this month, where the justices appeared divided at times. Some of their questions suggested they were open to the idea that the ban applies to Trump, while at other times, some justices were unsure if the trial court even had jurisdiction to adjudicate the matter in the first place.



Alfrescian (InfP)
Generous Asset
This is not true. Calling all Singlish speaking Angmoh wannabe Sinkies to come and defend your promised land.

That actually is true. Most Democrats are against putting up a physical barrier to deter illegal immigrants. Liberal news also refrain from reporting too much about Black-on-White violent crimes.


Alfrescian (Inf)
This is frankly an irrelevance. Any ban preventing Trump standing for re-election will most likely be reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Can Donald Trump run again in 2024? Why Colorado's Supreme Court removed him from the ballot and what happens next
Be in no doubt, to remove a candidate from an election ballot, a former president no less - it is a quite remarkable moment.

A reality check first. There is a way to go here. Appeals will now come against a decision that is as controversial as it is unusual.

What's been decided?

In November, a district court judge in Colorado tasked with judging Donald Trump's eligibility as a candidate in the state ruled that Trump had engaged in insurrection during the 6 January Capitol riots but that presidents are not subject to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, the so-called Disqualification Clause, because presidents are not "officers of the United States".

Last night though, the Colorado Supreme Court, made up of judges appointed by Democratic governors, agreed that Trump had engaged in insurrection, but it rejected the district court's finding that the president is not an officer of the country that elected him.

And so his name has been removed from the state ballot.

Of course, as it stands, that doesn't stop the former president from running again across the rest of the US.

What is the 14th Amendment?

The ruling centres around an interpretation of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the United States constitution. Written after the Civil War, it was designed to prevent Confederates from becoming president.

It bars any person from holding federal or state office who took an "oath… to support the Constitution of the United States" and who has then "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof".

What now?

So what next? Well, Donald Trump has said already that he will appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington - the nation's top judges who are weighted in his favour thanks to appointments he made as president.

The US Supreme Court is not obliged to take the case on but it's very likely that it will.

A key legal argument will be whether the judgment in Colorado is seen as a political opinion - a political decision by a liberal state court as Trump believes it is - or whether it is a judgment based solely on constitutional law.

The judges will consider whether it's appropriate to take Mr Trump off the ballot without a criminal conviction - remember that he has not been convicted of insurrection, though he was impeached for it.

They may also consider the fact that the 14th Amendment doesn't explicitly name the position president, though it does say "any person".

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How significant is Colorado in the national race for president?

Not very. Trump lost the state in 2016 and still won the presidency back then.

The polls this coming year are pointing to another victory in Colorado for Joe Biden's Democratic Party.

Things will change, though, if other states also remove Mr Trump from their ballots.

So could other states follow a precedent set by Colorado?

It depends on what the US Supreme Court decides. If it upholds the ruling made by the Colorado Supreme Court then, yes, other states could follow and the Mr Trump's dominoes could begin to fall.

But, courts in Minnesota and Michigan have rejected similar legal efforts to disqualify him from running.

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When could the US Supreme Court rule on this?

Assuming the US Supreme Court does take up the case, it's thought its judges will need to rule on it in the next few weeks.

The Colorado court order doesn't come into effect until 4 January.

The following day Colorado prints its ballots - with or without Donald Trump's name on it.

What are the implications for America's fractious politics?

Huge, in a word. Mr Trump's supporters in Colorado will argue that they have been disenfranchised because they would be unable to vote for their candidate.

They will ask: Is it right that a court should remove voters' ability to vote for someone?

Expect his supporters to be further enraged by what they see as an establishment plot to remove their man.

Notably, Mr Trump's Republican competitors, who would clearly benefit from his removal, are arguing the people, not judges, should decide who should be president.

Even some Democrats are already asking if this is really the best way to beat Trump.

Even if it is a constitutional issue, wouldn't they be better off trying to beat him at the ballot box?