In a stunning turn of events, the Colorado Supreme Court has made the bold move to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot due to his ineligibility as a presidential candidate under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.” This decision has sent shockwaves through the political landscape, with some GOP primary rivals claiming it to be a “war on democracy” and that the decision should be left to the voters.
The trial, which lasted for a week, featured testimony from legal scholars, Capitol Police officers, rally organizers, House lawmakers, and an expert on right-wing extremism. The trial was held in Denver District Court, and closing arguments were heard on November 15, 2023, with a ruling expected shortly thereafter.
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The 14th Amendment, ratified after the Civil War, states that US officials who take an oath to uphold the Constitution are banned from future office if they “engaged in insurrection.” However, the Constitution doesn’t specify how to enforce this ban, and it has only been applied twice since 1919, making this a long shot in the eyes of many experts.
Denver District Judge Sarah Wallace, who was appointed to the bench by Colorado’s Democratic governor, will hear closing arguments on November 15 and issue a ruling shortly after that. She has a long list of complex legal questions to answer, including whether January 6 was an insurrection, if Trump “engaged” in that insurrection , and if the ban applies to presidents.
Throughout the trial, Judge Wallace didn’t reveal her stance on the matter, but she did overrule numerous objections from Trump’s lawyers and even challenged a legal scholar put forth by Trump, questioning the notion that the court should defer to Congress in interpreting the Constitution.
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The case is being expedited under a special state law, and any appeals will go directly to the Colorado Supreme Court. It is worth noting that Trump has never been convicted of insurrection, but the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” does not require a conviction to be enforced.
In conclusion, the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot has stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy and debate. As we await further developments, one thing is certain: the political landscape is in for a wild ride.
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