A Colorado district court judge ruled that Donald Trump must be placed on the 2024 presidential ballot despite claims of engaging in insurrection.
The judge, appointed by a Democrat governor, acknowledged Trump’s involvement in the events of January 6, 2021, but ruled that he was not an officer as defined by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Trump’s legal team argued that his actions were protected political speech, but the judge disagreed.
MSNBC’s @JillWineBanks claims America's founding fathers did not intend to keep Trump on the ballot.
She was reacting to a Colorado judge ruling to keep Trump on the ballot but also saying Trump incited an “insurrection”, based on J6 report by Democratspic.twitter.com/6y0djGJJD1
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“Trump’s comments did not come close to ‘incitement,’ let alone ‘engagement’ in an insurrection,” Trump’s team wrote.
Despite favorable rulings in other states, an appeal is likely, and the case may eventually reach the Supreme Court.
Trump’s spokesperson celebrated the ruling, emphasizing the defeat of challenges in multiple states.
“We applaud today’s ruling in Colorado, which is another nail in the coffin of the un-American ballot challenges, said Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung.
“With this decision, Democrats’ 14th Amendment challenges have now been defeated in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire.”
“These cases represent the most cynical and blatant political attempts to interfere with the upcoming presidential election by desperate Democrats who know Crooked Joe Biden is a failed president on the fast track to defeat.”
“The American voter has a Constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choosing, with President Donald J. Trump leading by massive numbers.”
“This right was correctly preserved in Colorado today and we urge the swift disposal of any and all remaining Democrat ballot challenges. Onward to total victory 2024, we will Make America Great Again!”