Supreme Court Showdown Looms as Colorado GOP Challenges Unprecedented Ruling Against Trump

Written by on December 28, 2023

Supreme Court Showdown Looms as Colorado GOP Challenges Unprecedented Ruling Against Trump

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Colorado GOP Takes Trump Ballot Battle to Supreme Court

Colorado GOP Takes Trump Ballot Battle to Supreme Court


Supreme Court Showdown Looms as Colorado GOP Challenges Unprecedented Ruling Against Trump

The Colorado GOP launched a decisive legal battle on Wednesday, taking the fight over former President Donald Trump’s ballot disqualification to the U.S. Supreme Court. This bold move comes in the wake of the Colorado Supreme Court’s contentious decision to bar Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and claiming “insurrection” against the United States.

In a strategic maneuver, the Colorado Supreme Court paused its ruling until January 4, 2024, just a day before ballots are set to be printed, or until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in, creating a tense waiting game.

The heart of the matter lies in the Colorado GOP’s assertion that irreparable harm has been inflicted upon them by the state Supreme Court. Their petition contends that ousting the leading Republican candidate alters the democratic landscape dramatically, giving any voter the potential to sue for the disqualification of candidates, not only in Colorado but in jurisdictions nationwide that may follow suit.

The petition emphasizes the broader implications, stating, “This will not only distort the 2024 presidential election but will also mire courts henceforth in political controversies over nebulous accusations of insurrection.”

As the legal battle unfolds, the Colorado GOP is resolute in its stance that the Colorado Supreme Court overstepped its authority by impinging on the party’s candidate selection process. The petition contends that the state’s intervention disrupts the party’s right to place its chosen candidate on the general election ballot, branding the insurrection claim as a subjective assertion devoid of constitutional authority.

Crucially, the GOP lawyers argue that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment is not a tool for state courts to wield independently against presidential candidates. Instead, they contend that only Congress possesses the power to enforce the insurrection provision under another section of the amendment. The petition challenges the notion that states can hold veto power over presidential candidates, asserting that such an interpretation would overturn the intended purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Highlighting the absence of criminal indictment, trial, conviction, or impeachment by Congress against President Trump, the petition seeks to underscore that the state Supreme Court’s ruling is, in essence, an undue restriction on the party’s ability to select candidates.

With President Trump’s legal team also gearing up to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, the stage is set for a high-stakes legal showdown, the outcome of which could shape the landscape for the disqualification of presidential candidates based on the 14th Amendment. The Colorado GOP’s move signals a determination to challenge what they view as a significant overreach by the state Supreme Court and defend the democratic principles at the core of the electoral process.

[Source: Epoch Times]







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