A decision by the Colorado Supreme Court prevented former President Donald Trump from being listed on the ballot for the presidential race.
Filings in Colorado and other states contend that the front-runner for the Republican nomination should not be allowed to cast a ballot because he incited the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, which is considered an act of rebellion.
The Trump campaign declared that it would petition the US Supreme Court to reverse the decision.
This is the first time that Trump has been declared ineligible for office for attempting to obstruct President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.
The Colorado Supreme Court has barred former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s ballots for next year’s election due to his inciting the 2021 U.S. Capitol riot. However, the decision will be paused until January 4, allowing Trump to request the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 4-3 ruling and indefinitely extend the hold on the Colorado decision. The Colorado Supreme Court found significant evidence that Trump engaged in insurrection, disqualifying him from serving as president under a provision in the U.S. Constitution.
This is the first time a state court has agreed that Trump should be disqualified from the 2024 election because he championed the insurrection to overturn his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden, a Democrat. All seven justices who heard arguments in the case on Dec. 6 were appointed by Democratic governors. Four of the state’s Supreme Court justices voted to block Trump from the ballot in Tuesday’s 133-page ruling, which in reversing a lower court’s decision found that the Constitution’s disqualification provision applied to the office of president. Three Colorado justices, including Chief Justice Brian Boatright, dissented from the ruling. If the ruling stands, Trump would be denied the opportunity to contest for Colorado’s 10 votes in the Electoral College, the entity that selects a president every four years. The pause in the ruling will remain in effect until the federal high court either rejects Trump’s request or rules on the question of his eligibility on the ballot.