Former President Donald Trump’s legal team is taking their battle to the U.S. Supreme Court, appealing the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling that disqualified him from the state’s GOP primary ballot. In a 43-page filing, Trump’s lawyers argue that the Colorado ruling is contrary to the principles of a government “of the people, by the people, [and] for the people.”
The appeal is calling on the Supreme Court to grant certiorari and reverse the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, allowing voters the right to choose their preferred candidate. The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling on December 19 declared Trump ineligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot in 2024 due to his involvement in the January 6, 2021 insurrection. The split 4-3 decision stated that Trump’s efforts to incite his supporters to march on the Capitol were overt and voluntary.
However, the ruling has been stayed until January 4, pending appeal. Not only has the Colorado Republican Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the state court’s opinion, but Trump’s legal team argues that the decision could disenfranchise millions of voters in Colorado and potentially set a precedent to disenfranchise voters nationwide.
This is not the first time Trump has faced eligibility battles. Apart from Colorado, he has also been barred from the primary ballot in Maine, prompting his legal team to file an appeal in the state’s top trial court. On a positive note for Trump, he has managed to win eligibility battles in other states, including Michigan and California.
A spokesperson for Trump’s 2024 campaign characterized the efforts to bar him from the ballot as “an unAmerican, unconstitutional act of election interference.” The case is yet another high-stakes legal battle that could have significant implications for Trump’s political future. As the appeal makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, the nation waits to see if the former president will be allowed to join the race for the Republican nomination in Colorado and beyond.