Colorado Disqualifying Donald Trump In 2024 Might Be The Best For Republicans

In a groundbreaking decision on Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision that former President Donald Trump is disqualified from appearing on the Colorado Republican presidential primary ballot in 2024. The ruling is based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits individuals engaged in insurrection from holding office.

The court’s decision is significant, marking the first time a court has barred a presidential candidate from the ballot under the 1868 provision of the Constitution. The ruling centers on Trump’s alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

The majority opinion of the Colorado Supreme Court stated, “A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.” The court also emphasized that listing Trump as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot would be a wrongful act under the state’s Election Code.

The decision has broader implications for Trump’s potential run for the presidency, as similar cases are being considered in other states. If other states follow suit, Trump’s path to securing the Republican nomination and winning the general election could face significant obstacles.

Trump’s campaign spokesman, Steven Cheung, criticized the decision, calling it “completely flawed” and expressed confidence in appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Colorado Supreme Court, recognizing the potential impact of its ruling, has stayed the decision until January 4, 2024, pending any further appellate proceedings.

Legal experts suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court may need to weigh in on the matter, given its national implications. Derek Muller, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame, remarked, “No candidate’s ever been kept off the ballot for engaging in an insurrection, much less a presidential candidate, much less a former president. So it’s just extraordinary.”

Republican Hail Mary

The court’s ruling is seen as a potential game-changer for Trump’s Republican rivals, including notable figures such as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. If the decision stands and is extended to other states, one of these candidates could secure crucial delegates to the national Republican convention.

Ramaswamy pledged to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is allowed to participate. Meanwhile, Christie voiced concerns about punishing Trump without a criminal trial.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision raises the stakes for the U.S. Supreme Court, presenting an opportunity for Republicans to navigate away from the Trump predicament. The prospect of a non-insurrectionist candidate winning the Republican nomination and challenging the presidency is now on the table.

The court’s decision is framed as a shift from what some describe as the potential authoritarian disaster, back to normal politics. It envisions a scenario where the Biden-Harris ticket faces more conventional opponents in the race, steering away from the specter of an ex-president openly yearning to be a dictator.

In essence, one can look at it that the court offers a form of emancipation from Trump to the Republican Party.

Polls suggest that, while Trump might struggle against Biden, almost any other Republican candidate would fare better against the current president. The court’s decision is seen as a favorable outcome for Republicans seeking victory in 2024, as it disqualifies what is perceived as their weakest general-election candidate from the primaries.

The question now is whether the GOP will consent to being rescued from the Trump-centric politics that have defined recent years. The immediate reactions from Trump’s Republican rivals suggest hesitancy, with concerns about pro-Trump voters accepting court actions against their candidate.

The present Supreme Court, attuned to conservative America, now faces a crucial moment. Whether they sense permission or a veto from Republicans will likely shape their response. In the coming days and hours, actions and statements from the GOP will play a significant role in determining the party’s path forward. The court’s decision may indeed be the last exit for Republicans seeking to reshape their political landscape before the primaries conclude.


Information for this briefing was found via The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and the sources mentioned. The author has no securities or affiliations related to this organization. Not a recommendation to buy or sell. Always do additional research and consult a professional before purchasing a security. The author holds no licenses.

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