On Friday, the US Supreme Court agreed to consider the issue of Donald Trump's disqualification. The case is scheduled to be heard on February 8.
The Supreme Court announced that it would consider whether the state of Colorado could prevent Trump from participating in the Republican Party primaries in the state. Last December, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the former president could not be on the ballot due to his role in the storming of the Capitol building in 2021. Then his supporters stormed the US House of Representatives in the hope of formalizing the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the elections. To prevent.
Trump then went to the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. He hopes to still be able to participate. In any case, it seems very likely that the case will end up in the highest federal court. Now a similar decision has been made in Maine, and accusations from Trump opponents are still pending elsewhere.
What are the charges based on?
The charges rely primarily on an old constitutional provision, which was introduced shortly after the American Civil War, and has been used only rarely since 1886. Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits people from holding public office if they engage in “insurrection or rebellion.” “.
The law was intended to ban politicians who fought for Southern states in the Civil War, but opponents say its passage will now apply to Trump as well. They believe he incited the insurrection in his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Trump and his team of lawyers doubt that the provision of the law applies to the President or Vice President of the United States.
Conservative Supreme Court
Trump clearly shifted the Supreme Court majority to the right during his term from 2017 to 2021. Six of the nine justices are currently considered conservative. However, the Supreme Court does not always rule according to its wishes.
Either way, the Supreme Court's announcement sets the stage for a potential legal decision and political firestorm that could have major ramifications for the presidential election scheduled for November 5.
The court is scheduled to hear the case on February 8, while the Republican Party primaries will begin on January 15 in the state of Iowa. Colorado's primary elections will be held on March 5. Procedural preparations, such as sending ballot papers to foreign voters, begin at the end of January. If the Supreme Court upholds Colorado's decision and votes are cast for the former president, they will not be counted. Trump leads the Republican Party polls by a large margin over the other candidates.
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