Well, Colorado’s day in front of the U.S. Supreme Court is over, and it doesn’t look very positive for the plaintiff’s case. The ruling of the Colorado Supreme Court: that due to his leadership of the January 6 insurrection, citizen Donald Trump should be kept off the Colorado primary ballot. Never before has the Supreme Court been asked to rule on the Fourteenth Amendment.
It didn’t appear that the case of Trump v. Anderson, was well received by the Justices. Whether justices were liberal or conservative, the three-hour argument appeared to reveal their skepticism that, what one state ruled, then could or should become the deciding state for who could be on the ballot for all 50 states.
Their stance appeared to confirm an attitude along the lines of: “if we uphold this ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, chaos and violence could ensue and was that really what the founders intended”.
As the Supreme Court heard arguments on Trump’s ballot eligibility, a poll taken yesterday by ProgressNow Colorado in partnership with Global Strategy Group (MountaineerResearch.org) showed that Coloradans believe Trump engaged in insurrection and should not be on the ballot.
What is interesting about the survey is that whether people were college-educated or not, metro area or rural, at least 50 percent of respondents agree that what Trump did regarding leading an insurrection to prevent the peaceful transfer of power should disqualify him from the state’s ballot.
“Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country,” asserted ProgressNow Colorado Executive Director, Sara Loflin. “The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump engaged in insurrection, and the 14th Amendment unambiguously makes Trump ineligible for office. For the sake of our Republic, I hope the Supreme Court upholds the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision and bars Trump from the 2024 ballot. If they refuse, it will be up to the American people in November to enforce the Constitution.”
The majority Trump-appointed Supreme Court appeared to acknowledge that there might be a legal argument, but they steered away from the fact of whether the 14th Amendment is “self-executing” – that Congress should pass a procedures law for a case like this and not leave it up to just one state.
A federal charge of insurrection would solve a lot of the issues this appeal has faced. Given the current environment in Congress, it would appear nearly impossible to see anything getting done at all, let alone something as divisive as this.