Can Donald Trump run in the 2024 US presidential election after the Colorado ruling?

 – Gudstory

Can Donald Trump run in the 2024 US presidential election after the Colorado ruling? – Gudstory

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The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that former US President Donald Trump is now ineligible to run in the 2024 presidential elections due to his actions surrounding the 2021 attack on the Capitol.

The Supreme Court disqualified him from running for the US White House under the Insurrection Clause of the Constitution.

Court says Donald Trump ineligible to vote in Colorado for 2024

“The majority of the Court holds that former President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the court wrote.

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This is the first time in history that the court used Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to disqualify a presidential candidate.

However, the Colorado court stayed the decision to allow Donald Trump to appeal, which his campaign said it planned to do. He has until Jan. 4 under the state court’s ruling.

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The court directed Colorado’s Secretary of State to keep Trump’s name on the presidential primary ballot until the case is decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump lost Colorado by 13 percentage points in 2020 and doesn’t need the state to win next year’s presidential election. But the danger for Trump is that more courts and election officials will follow Colorado’s lead and throw Trump out of must-win states, according to the Associated Press.

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Notably, Colorado’s governor and both U.S. senators are Democrats. Biden won the state and its nine electoral votes in 2020, and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was victorious in 2016.

‘Lawsuits against Donald Trump’

Former US President Donald Trump has faced dozens of lawsuits across the country this year claiming he is ineligible to run for another term in the White House under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The provision stated that a person who took an oath to support the Constitution and then “joined in rebellion” is ineligible to hold office again. Other cases were brought in other states, including Michigan, Minnesota and Oregon. Trump has taken legal action against him to garner political support, framing the allegations as a conspiracy by the political establishment to keep him out of power. The Colorado ruling, coming just a month before the Iowa caucuses, could further motivate Republicans around them.

‘Trump is the most popular presidential candidate’

Trump has broad support in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published last week.

Donald Trump has a wide lead in the 2024 Republican presidential contest

The survey found that 61% of self-identified Republicans said they would vote for Donald Trump in a state-by-state nominating contest to choose a challenger to incumbent US President Joe Biden. None of Trump’s rivals were even close to him in the poll. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis each had the support of 11% of self-identified Republicans. Only 5% supported entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

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Published: 20 Dec 2023, 09:40 am IST


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