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Trump asks Supreme Court to take up his removal from Colorado ballot

The Colorado Republican Party appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court in late December.

Published: January 3, 2024 5:19pm

Updated: January 3, 2024 5:25pm

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to take up his removal from the Colorado Republican primary ballot after the state supreme court declared him ineligible under the 14th Amendment, Reuters reported.

The Colorado Supreme Court in late December determined that Trump's role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot constituted insurrection and disqualified him from returning to the White House. The campaign swiftly vowed to appeal what it called a "completely flawed" decision.

"Unsurprisingly, the all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against President Trump, supporting a Soros-funded, left-wing group's scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump's name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice," campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said at the time. 

"The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of the deeply undemocratic decision," he added.

The Colorado Republican Party appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court in late December, saying "[u]nless the Colorado Supreme Court's decision is overturned, any voter will have the power to sue to disqualify any political candidate, in Colorado or in any other jurisdiction that follows its lead."

"This will not only distort the 2024 presidential election but will also mire courts henceforth in political controversies over nebulous accusations of insurrection," the state party asserted.

Trump's Wednesday request follows a Tuesday appeal to a Maine court over his removal from the ballot in that state. In that instance, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows also determined that Trump was ineligible under the 14th Amendment due to his actions on Jan. 6, 2021. Bellows paused her decision to allow Trump's appeal before the state's GOP primary, which is scheduled for March 5.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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