Another Big Win for Trump in Colorado

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Colorado Judge Rules Donald Trump Must Be Placed on 2024 Ballot Despite Insurrection Claims

In a landmark decision, Colorado District Court Judge Sarah Wallace, appointed by Democrat Governor Jared Polis in 2022, ruled that former President Donald Trump must be placed on the ballot for the 2024 presidential election. The ruling came despite allegations of Trump’s involvement in the insurrection on January 6, 2021.

The lawsuit against Trump invoked Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection from holding federal office. However, Judge Wallace determined that Trump, despite being accused of inciting insurrection, did not fall under the category of an officer of the United States as defined by the Amendment.

Trump’s legal team strongly countered the insurrection claims, asserting that Trump’s questioning of the 2020 election results constituted protected political speech under the First Amendment. They argued that his comments did not amount to incitement or engagement in insurrection.

In her ruling, Judge Wallace acknowledged the ambiguity in the Fourteenth Amendment’s language, which specifically mentions “Senator or Representative in Congress” and “elector of President and Vice President,” but not the President. This interpretation played a crucial role in her decision.

The ruling is notable considering Wallace’s past political affiliations. She previously denied a motion by Trump’s team for her recusal, based on her donation history to a group actively working against Trump’s candidacy and other Democratic candidates. Despite these affiliations, her decision ultimately favored Trump.

This case is part of a broader legal battle Trump faces across the United States, with mixed outcomes in different states. For instance, a federal court in New Hampshire dismissed a similar lawsuit, citing the Fourteenth Amendment claim as a nonjusticiable political question. Similarly, courts in Minnesota and Michigan have made rulings favoring Trump’s inclusion on the ballot.

The Colorado ruling is significant as it may set a precedent for other similar cases and potentially escalate to the Supreme Court, which has not yet ruled on this particular aspect of the Fourteenth Amendment. An appeal in the Colorado case or a similar case in another state seems likely, paving the way for a historic Supreme Court decision.

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