Former President Donald Trump took a decisive step by filing an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court following the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove him from the 2024 presidential primary ballot. This move came hot on the heels of Trump’s appeal against a similar decision in Maine, where the state’s Democratic secretary of state sought to exclude him from the ballot. Trump’s legal team asserted that the ultimate right to choose a presidential candidate belongs to the voters and not the state courts.
The appeal emphasized that the eligibility to serve as President of the United States falls within the domain of Congress, not state courts, and therefore, should not be undermined. The Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 decision, which deemed Trump ineligible for the ballot due to alleged involvement in an “insurrection,” was challenged in the appeal, highlighting a misinterpretation of facts regarding Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021.
Contrary to the assertion of participating in an insurrection, the appeal underscored Trump’s remarks on that day, where he urged his supporters to engage in a “peaceful” protest regarding the 2020 election. The filing contended that labeling Trump’s actions as an “insurrection” was a misrepresentation of events and insisted that Trump was not involved in any insurrectionary activities.
Eric Olson, the lawyer representing the Colorado residents contesting Trump’s candidacy, announced plans to respond to Trump’s appeal, reaffirming their commitment to upholding the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling. Despite the ongoing legal battle, a prior appeal made by the Colorado Republican Party to the U.S. Supreme Court allowed Trump, the Republican frontrunner, to remain on the Colorado ballot for the time being.
The anticipation surrounding the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision is high, with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office highlighting that unless the Court rejects the case or corroborates the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling, Donald Trump will be featured as a candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary Ballot upon certification on January 5, 2024. This legal back-and-forth underscores the significance of this issue not just for Trump but also for the democratic process, reaffirming the importance of the legal interpretation of presidential eligibility and the right of voters to choose their candidates.