Published: 2023-12-20 15:58
Last Updated: 2024-02-26 18:38
The Supreme Court of the state of Colorado Tuesday, in a 4-3 ruling, declared that former US President Donald Trump is not an eligible presidential candidate in the state of Colorado and cannot feature in the primary ballot after his role in the January 6 insurrection of 2021.
With this decision, Trump becomes the first presidential candidate in the history of the United States ineligible to enter the White House under a rarely used provision in the US Constitution that prohibits officials who participate in a "rebellion" from taking office.
This constitutes the first ever use of section three of the 14th amendment of the constitution in the US’ history.
Voters in Colorado filed the lawsuit, seeking Trump's exclusion for inciting his supporters to attack the Capitol building in a failed attempt to hinder the transfer of power to Democrat Joe Biden after the results of the 2020 elections.
In response, Trump's campaign criticized the court's decision, describing it as flawed and undemocratic, confirming that they will appeal in the Supreme Court of the United States.
Stephen Cheung, Donald Trump's political advisor, said in a statement, "The Supreme Court in Colorado issued a completely flawed decision this evening, and we will quickly appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States to request a complete suspension of this undemocratic decision."
In turn, one of Trump's lawyers argued that the riots in the Capitol building were not serious enough to be described as a rebellion and that Trump's statements to his supporters in Washington on that day were protected under his right to freedom of expression.