The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump is not eligible to run for president in the 2024 presidential election because of his involvement in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The court made this ruling on Tuesday 19th, December based on the 14th Amendment, barring the former president from the presidential primary ballot.
This historic decision caused a battle before the nation’s highest court about the fate of next year’s election.
In a 4-3 ruling that will soon be appealed and likely to inspire fierce criticism from Trump’s supporters and vocal applause from those who condemned his actions around Jan. 6, a majority of Colorado’s seven justices wrote that Trump “engaged in insurrection.”
“President Trump’s direct and express efforts, over several months, exhorting his supporters to march to the Capitol to prevent what he falsely characterized as an alleged fraud on the people of this country were indisputably overt and voluntary,” the justices wrote.
“Moreover,” they wrote, “the evidence amply showed that President Trump undertook all these actions to aid and further a common unlawful purpose that he himself conceived and set in motion: prevent Congress from certifying the 2020 presidential election and stop the peaceful transfer of power.”
In light of this, the ruling states, “[W]e conclude that because President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list President Trump as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.”
The justices stayed their ruling until January 4, pending appeal.
While 4 of the judges supported the ruling, 3 dissented: Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright and Justices Carlos A. Samour Jr. and Maria E. Berkenkotter.
Boatright, in his dissent, wrote that the “absence of an insurrection-related conviction” against Trump should have called for the case to be dismissed.
Samour wrote that the majority’s opinion “flies in the face of the due process doctrine.”
The ruling is coming after many months of challenge in Colorado to Trump’s ballot eligibility under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, a Civil War-era constitutional clause that deems former office-holders ineligible from running again if they took an oath to support the Constitution and then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States.