Donald Trump appeals Colorado 14th amendment election disqualification to�Supreme�Court

Donald Trump Appeals Colorado 14th Amendment Voter Disqualification to Supreme Court

Former US President Donald Trump's legal team appealed to the US Supreme Court to invalidate the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that disqualified him from the Republican Party's primary elections in that state.

In the 43-page document, Trump's lawyers assert that “in our system of 'government of the people, by the people, (and) for the people,' Colorado's decision is not and cannot be correct.”

“This Court should grant certiorari to consider this issue of paramount importance, summarily reverse the decision of the Colorado Supreme Court, and restore voters the right to vote for their preferred candidate,” the appeal states.

The Colorado Supreme Court's landmark decision on December 19 marked the first time that a challenge to Trump's candidacy under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was successful.

In the split 4-3 decision, a majority of Colorado's seven justices said the former president was ineligible to appear in the state's 2024 primary election because he “engaged in the insurrection” on January 6, 2021.

“President Trump’s direct and vocal efforts over several months to urge his supporters to march to the Capitol to prevent what he falsely characterized as an alleged fraud against the people of this country were indisputably overt and voluntary,” wrote the judges.

Colorado judges suspended the decision until January 4, pending appeal. Last week, the Colorado Republican Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the state court's opinion. The move put Trump back in the Republican Party primary for now.

Trump's legal team says the issues presented in his lawsuit are of “extreme importance” given his status as the front-runner for the Republican nomination, and argues that the Colorado ruling would “unconstitutionally disenfranchise millions of voters in Colorado and would likely be used as a model for disenfranchising tens of millions of voters across the country.”

Trump was also excluded from the primary vote in Maine after Secretary of State Shenna Bellows last week confirmed two 14th Amendment challenges to his candidacy. Trump's team filed an appeal Tuesday in Maine Superior Court, the state's top court.

The former president won eligibility battles in Michigan, California, and a dozen other states to remain on the ballot, although more 14th Amendment lawsuits are taking place across the country.

Steven Cheung, a spokesman for Trump's 2024 campaign, in a statement Wednesday described efforts to prevent him from voting as “an un-American and unconstitutional act of election interference that cannot be sustained.”

“We call for a clear and summary rejection of the Colorado Supreme Court’s erroneous decision and the holding of free and fair elections in November,” Cheung said.


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