BREAKING: Supreme Court unanimously reverses Colorado court ruling in 9-0 decision, Trump to stay on the ballot

"The judgment of the Colorado Supreme Court is reversed."


On Monday morning, the US Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that removed Donald Trump from the presidential ballot in that state.

"For the reasons given, responsibility for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates rests with Congress and not the States. The judgment of the Colorado per Curiam Supreme Court therefore cannot stand. All nine Members of the Court agree with that result," the Court stated.

"The judgment of the Colorado Supreme Court is reversed."

The Court explored the arguments given by Colorado to remove Trump from the ballot. Colorado had contended that Trump should not be permitted to hold office under the "insurrection" clause of the 14th Amendment, which states that a person guilty of insurrection against the nation would not be permitted to do so. 

The three justices argued, “The majority announces that a disqualification for insurrection can occur only when Congress enacts a particular kind of legislation pursuant to Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

“In doing so, the majority shuts the door on other potential means of federal enforcement," the justices added. "We cannot join an opinion that decides momentous and difficult issues unnecessarily, and we therefore concur only in the judgment."

This would leave the door open for others to be prosecuted at the federal level for “insurrection” without a law first being passed in Congress to define what that means in the Constitution.  

The decision comes just ahead of Super Tuesday when polling locations close at 7 p.m. local time in Colorado.  

Although the bottom-line vote was unanimous, there were splits in opinions on the court. The more liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote a concurring opinion that did not agree with the majority’s reasoning to rule in favor of Trump. 

The three liberal justices ruled in favor of Trump but said that the ruling of the conservatives on the court could decide “challenges that might arise in the future” of a similar nature regarding the insurrection clause. 

Leading up to the SCOTUS decision, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the former president could be disqualified from the ballot for his actions on Jan. 6, 2021.  

After the oral arguments in the case, Trump previously stated about the decision that would fall later in his favor, "So, I'll just say that in watching the Supreme Court today I thought it was very," he said, "it's a very beautiful process. I hope that democracy of this country will continue because right now we have a very, very tough situation with all of the radical left ideas, with the weaponization of politics. They weaponize it like it's never been weaponized before. It's totally illegal, but they do it anyway. And it has to stop." 

SCOTUS determined earlier in January that it would take up the case from Colorado after Trump and his lawyers appealed the decision from the Colorado courts.  

For the first time, SCOTUS has been given the opportunity to define what it means to "engage in insurrection" as stated in the third section of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which reads that no person who has "engaged in insurrection or rebellion against" the United States is not able to hold office.  

Up to this point, many other states have attempted to use this same clause to remove Trump from the ballot in various primary elections.  

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