BREAKING: President Trump urges SCOTUS to bring 'swift and decisive end' to ballot challenges

Oral arguments will be heard on Feb. 8.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA

On Thursday, 2024 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump urged the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling that removed him from the Colorado primary ballot, citing a "dubious interpretation" of the Fourteenth Amendment as the basis for the decision, according to The Hill.

The Colorado Supreme Court voted in December to remove Donald Trump from the state's primary ballot, ruling that the former president had violated a US constitutional provision in the 14th Amendment that prevents individuals who have participated in "insurrection" from holding federal office.

This over Trump's alleged participation in the events that unfolded at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, following his "Stop the Steal" rally.

In a written brief filed on Thursday, Trump's lawyers argued to the Supreme Court Justices: "The Court should put a swift and decisive end to these ballot-disqualification efforts, which threaten to disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans and which promise to unleash chaos and bedlam if other state courts and state officials follow Colorado’s lead and exclude the likely Republican presidential nominee from their ballots."

The Amendment states that if someone took an oath to support the Constitution and then "engaged in insurrection," they are not eligible to hold "any office... under the United States."

Trump has not been found guilty by any court of participating in an "insurrection" as of yet.

In the written brief, Trump claimed that there were multiple threshold issues that should lead the ballot challenges to be rejected and that he had done nothing that "remotely qualifies" as participating in insurrection.

"The fact remains President Trump did not commit or participate in the unlawful acts that occurred at the Capitol, and this Court cannot tolerate a regime that allows a candidate’s eligibility for office to hinge on a trial court’s assessment of dubious expert-witness testimony or claims that President Trump has powers of telepathy," the brief states.

The Colorado Supreme Court, which consists of all Democrat judges, has been lambasted for its decision to remove President Biden's top political rival.

On Thursday, 177 GOP members of Congress signed onto an amicus brief in support of Donald Trump ahead of the Colorado case.

The brief argues that the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling, which took Trump off the ballot in the state under the 14th Amendment, had a view of the amendment that is ''too expansive" and "encroaches" on congressional authority. 

Oral arguments will be heard on Feb. 8.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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