Trump Plans Appeal in Colorado Over Disqualified 14th Amendment Ballot Case

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The legal battle over Trump’s GOP ballot eligibility heads to the US Supreme Court with appeals planned in Colorado and Maine.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision barring Trump from the state’s primary ballot under the 14th Amendment, citing his alleged role in inciting the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack, triggered the legal battle.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment prohibits insurrectionists from holding office, leading to Trump’s exclusion from Colorado and Maine ballots. 

Both rulings, although currently stayed pending appeals, have raised concerns about their potential impact on Trump’s candidacy in over a dozen states, potentially freezing legal challenges.

While facing setbacks in Colorado and Maine, Trump has seen success in other states like Michigan and California, where attempts to bar him from primary ballots have been rejected. Trump vehemently criticized the decisions, labeling Colorado’s ruling a sham and baselessly implicating national Democrats in influencing the outcomes.

Trump’s Victimhood and Political Impact

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The legal battle over Trump’s GOP ballot eligibility heads to the US Supreme Court with appeals planned in Colorado and Maine.

The reactions have been diverse, with even Democrats like Rep. Jared Golden expressing concerns about the rulings’ strictness despite their opposition to Trump’s candidacy. Some of Trump’s GOP rivals have also voiced frustration, fearing the rulings could rally support among his base by portraying him as a victim.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie remarked on Trump’s adeptness at playing the victim, while former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stressed the importance of voter decisions over judicial interventions.

Despite the legal tussle, Trump’s commanding leads in pivotal states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina could significantly bolster his primary chances. A successful sweep in these states could pave an easier path to the nomination before Colorado and Maine conduct their primaries.

As the legal battles continue, the uncertainty surrounding Trump’s inclusion in primary ballots has generated intense debate over the balance between legal accountability and the democratic process in determining candidates for the nation’s highest office.

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