The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the unprecedented decision to disqualify President Trump from appearing on Colorado’s election ballot. The state’s supreme court had narrowly made this decision last month in a 4-3 decision.
The justices will fast-track the pivotal case, with oral arguments set for February 8. Given that Colorado is among the twelve states planning caucuses or primaries on Super Tuesday, scheduled for March 15, a decision might swiftly follow the conclusion of the arguments.
BREAKING: SCOTUS has granted cert in the case of Colorado attempting to remove Pres. Trump from the ballot.— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) January 5, 2024
They can now deliver finality on the 14th Amendment for every state to follow.
“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The case is set for oral argument on Thursday, February 8, 2024,” the decision read. “Petitioner’s brief on the merits, and any amicus curiae briefs in support or in support of neither party, are to be filed on or before Thursday, January 18, 2024.”
🚨BREAKING: The Supreme Court will take up the case of President Trump being removed from the ballot in Colorado and Maine.— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 5, 2024
Oral arguments on February 8. pic.twitter.com/0Bvtz8NDPj
The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision refers to Section III of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits “former officers” of the United States who have been involved involved in an “insurrection” from holding federal office. The court falsely claimed that President Trump incited an “insurrection” on January 6, 2021 when challenged the 2020 election results.
Despite no official charges against Trump for “inciting an insurrection,” the court argued that he did so and voted 4-3 to exclude him from the state’s primary ballot. However, the state’s high court did put a hold on the decision pending an appeal.
One week later, Maine’s far-left Democrat Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, unilaterally chose to remove Trump from the ballot, citing the Colorado ruling.
In their petition for a Writ of Certiorari, Trump’s legal team emphasized the potential implications of allowing the 14th Amendment’s interpretation up to the States, stating:
Vice President Harris, President Biden, and their staffs advocated for, marched with, and provided material support to rioters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020. These rioters stormed the White House, injuring police officers and forcing the President, his family, and his staff to shelter in a bunker. They also killed people, took over government buildings, caused extensive property damage, and sought to establish alternative “governments” in the form of so-called “autonomous zones.” If a state official believes that President Biden or Vice President Harris aided these efforts, he may eliminate President Biden and Vice President Harris from the ballot. And all their past actions can be nullified as “ultra vires.”
The petition also referenced Congresswoman Maxine Waters inciting violence against members of the Trump administration by saying, “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd and you push back on them.”
Should the U.S. Supreme Court follow the predictions of numerous legal analysts and overturn the Colorado court’s decision, the challenges would be dismissed. However, if the court rules differently, it could potentially open the door for Trump and numerous elected Republicans to be removed from the ballot.