Today, the US Supreme Court will hear arguments in a lawsuit that may result in former President and current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump not being present in the US presidential elections scheduled for November 5. However, the chance that the nine justices would agree with the Colorado Supreme Court's reasoning appears slim, especially in light of the potential far-reaching ramifications.
The ball started rolling when the activist group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), along with six Colorado residents, filed a lawsuit in Colorado court to block Trump from the ballot. The complainants are convinced that Trump, by his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, committed a “rebellion or rebellion” that would bar any person from holding any office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
On December 19, 2023, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. Therefore, the court ruled that Trump could not appear on the ballot for the Republican primaries. A few days later, Maine Secretary of State Sheena Bellows also decided to remove Trump from the primary ballot.
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However, the former US President did not accept this and appealed to the Supreme Court. His defense relies on three main arguments: that Trump is not an “officer of the United States,” as the Constitution stipulates, that only the U.S. Congress, and therefore not the courts or state officials, may enforce the 14th Amendment, and that Trump is not guilty of sedition or sedition. . “President Trump never called on his supporters to invade the Capitol, nor did he direct, direct, or encourage any of the illegal actions that occurred at the Capitol,” Trump attorney Jonathan Mitchell said. “Giving an impassioned speech and figuratively calling on your supporters to ‘fight like hell’ for their beliefs is not rebellion or rebellion.”
Amendment 14, Section 3, of the Constitution was created in the wake of the American Civil War (1861-1865) to prevent politicians from the Confederate States of America from holding public office. It was neglected after the US Congress granted amnesty to most of the former rebels in 1872.
Whatever the justices ultimately decide, it is already clear that their ruling will cause an uproar in a deeply polarized America. Most observers assume that the justices, three of whom were appointed by Trump himself, will eventually overturn the Colorado ruling. If, against expectations, the justices agree with the Colorado Supreme Court's interpretation, it could have massive repercussions. This could mean that Trump, who already seems certain of the Republican nomination, would be removed from the ballot in all 50 states.
Given the great importance of the case, observers expect that the Supreme Court's decision will not take long.
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