Divided Colorado Supreme Court Rules Trump Ineligible, Sparking Potential Showdown

By Danielle Dolin

by Danielle Dolin

In a landmark decision on Tuesday, a divided Colorado Supreme Court declared former President Donald Trump ineligible for the White House, invoking the U.S. Constitution’s insurrection clause. The ruling, marked by a 4-3 majority, removed Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot, setting the stage for a likely legal confrontation in the nation’s highest court.

This historic decision marks the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been utilized to disqualify a presidential candidate. The court’s verdict overturned a district court judge’s ruling that acknowledged Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack but did not bar him from the ballot, citing uncertainty about whether the provision covered presidential candidates.

The Colorado Supreme Court, comprised entirely of justices appointed by Democratic governors, stayed its decision until Jan. 4, pending a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, with Jan. 5 as the state’s deadline to print presidential primary ballots.

Trump’s legal team vowed an immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, asserting that the ruling challenges the core of the nation’s democracy. The former president’s campaign labeled the decision as “tyrannical,” signaling a vigorous legal battle ahead.

While Trump lost Colorado in 2020 and doesn’t rely on the state for victory in the upcoming presidential election, the broader concern lies in the potential for other states to follow Colorado’s lead, jeopardizing Trump’s candidacy. Numerous lawsuits nationwide have sought to disqualify Trump under Section 3, designed to prevent former Confederates from returning to government after the Civil War.

This ruling, denounced by Trump’s allies as “un-American” and “insane,” raises pivotal questions about the intersection of constitutional interpretation, political motivations, and the evolving landscape of eligibility criteria for presidential candidates. As the legal battle intensifies, the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision sets a precedent that could reverberate across the nation, influencing the trajectory of Trump’s candidacy and shaping the broader conversation on constitutional qualifications for high office.


Danielle Dolin is a prolific writer and serves as the Managing Editor at the Christian News Journal. A dedicated mother of four daughters, she calls Southern Arizona home. Danielle’s passion for journalism extends beyond her professional role; she imparts her knowledge to homeschool students as a dedicated teacher. In her cherished moments of respite, you can find her engrossed in the pages of books or engaged in the world of video games. Her multifaceted life is a testament to her commitment to family, education, and her unwavering love for storytelling.

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