Supreme ruling made about Trump on ballot

 March 4, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously blocked an attempt by an all-Democrat state Supreme Court in Colorado to boot President Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential election ballot.

It found that states do not have the constitutional authority to set requirements for candidates.

Colorado's Democrat court claimed Trump was guilty of "insurrection" and therefore ineligible in its failed attempt to interfere in the 2024 election. One state official in Maine and one judge in Illinois had attempted the same interference.

"A group of Colorado voters contends that Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits former President Donald J. Trump, who seeks the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party in this year’s election, from becoming President again. The Colorado Supreme Court agreed with that contention. It ordered the Colorado secretary of state to exclude the former President from the Republican primary ballot in the State and to disregard any write-in votes that Colorado voters might cast for him," the per curiam ruling said.

"Former President Trump challenges that decision on several grounds. Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the States, responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse."

The high court said, 'Last September, about six months before the March 5, 2024, Colorado primary election, four Republican and two unaffiliated Colorado voters filed a petition against former President Trump and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold in Colorado state court. These voters—whom we refer to as the respondents—contend that after former President Trump’s defeat in the 2020 Presidential election, he disrupted the peaceful transfer of power by intentionally organizing and inciting the crowd that breached the Capitol as Congress met to certify the election results on January 6, 2021.

"One consequence of those actions, the respondents maintain, is that former President Trump is constitutionally ineligible to serve as President again. Their theory turns on Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. Section 3 provides: 'No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof," the court found.

"But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”

The "respondents" claimed Trump is guilty because of those who rioted at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Their charge is he incited the violence.

"We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency," the court said.

The attacks on Trump's campaign are just part of the lawfare being used by Democrats against Trump this year. They also have orchestrated a series of civil and criminal cases against him, to try to make sure he cannot defeat their candidate, the aging Joe Biden, who already has been declared in a federal report to have "diminished capacities."

The most recent lower court ruling regarding Trump's candidacy came from Cook Country Judge Tracie Porter in Illinois.

And former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg called the decision "appalling."

"The arrogance of this is appalling, and waiting until this late in the day to do it, giving the president, the former president just until Friday to file an appeal to the Supreme Court. It is already Wednesday, and then to say at the end of it, she issues an order that says my ruling will be further stayed if the U.S. Supreme Court enters an opinion inconsistent with this order,” Wisenberg told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “Well, guess what? If they do what most people think they’re going to do, they’re going to enter an opinion that makes it impossible for Illinois to take him off the ballot. So, the arrogance of that is just, should not astonish me, but it does.”

Democratic Secretary of State Shenna Bellows of Maine declared Trump ineligible to appear on the ballot Dec. 28, but a court halted the removal pending the ruling by the Supreme Court.

In Colorado, the leftist state has an all-Democrat Supreme Court and even so, those attacking Trump could only collect signatures from four of seven members to pursue their agenda.

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