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Colorado Supreme Court boots Trump from 2024 presidential ballot

The decision made the state the first in the nation to remove Trump from the ballot, setting up a near-certain Supreme Court battle over the matter ahead of the election.

Published: December 19, 2023 6:22pm

Updated: December 19, 2023 6:29pm

The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday determined that former President Donald Trump engaged in an insurrection against the United States via the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol Riot and was therefore ineligible to appear on the 2024 presidential ballot, Politico reported.

Trump has fought back a litany of lawsuits seeking to remove him from the presidential and primary ballots in multiple states, most of which have insisted that he is ineligible to run again under a provision of the 14th Amendment that bars those who engaged in an "insurrection" against the United States from holding high office.

The Colorado Supreme Court agreed to hear the case earlier this month after the lower court judge determined that Trump did engage in an insurrection by inciting the Jan. 6 riot, but allowed him to remain on the primary ballot claiming that the 14th Amendment did not apply to the presidency.

The decision made the state the first in the nation to remove Trump from the ballot, setting up a near-certain Supreme Court battle over the matter ahead of the election. The court stayed its decision until Jan. 4 of 2024.

"We do not reach these conclusions lightly," the court wrote. "We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach."

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

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