JUST IN: US Supreme Court clears Donald Trump to remain on presidential ballot

The United States (US) Supreme Court has unanimously sided with former President Donald Trump in his challenge to the state of Colorado’s attempt to kick him off the 2024 primary ballot.

All nine justices of the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trump in the judgement delivered on Monday.

The ruling will obviously impact the status of efforts in several other states to remove the likely GOP nominee from their respective ballots.

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The ruling makes it clear that Congress, not states, has to set rules on how the 14th Amendment provision can be enforced. As such the decision applies to all states, not just Colorado.

“Because the Constitution makes Congress, rather than the states, responsible for enforcing section 3 against all federal officeholders and candidates, we reverse,” the ruling said.


The decision comes just a day before the Colorado primary.

In addition to ensuring that Trump remains on the ballot in Colorado, the decision will end similar cases that have arisen. So far only two other states, Maine and Illinois, have followed Colorado’s path. Like the Colorado ruling, both those decisions were put on hold.

The ruling warned of the dangers of a patchwork of decisions around the country that could send elections into chaos if state officials had the freedom to determine who could appear on the ballot for president.

“The result could well be that a single candidate would be declared ineligible in some states, but not others, based on the same conduct,” the ruling said.

The Supreme Court decision removes one avenue to holding Trump accountable for his role in challenging the 2020 election results, including his exhortation that his supporters should march on the Capitol on Jan. 6, when Congress was about to formalize President Joe Biden’s win.

Trump is facing criminal charges for the same conduct. The Supreme Court in April will hear oral arguments on Trump’s broad claim of presidential immunity.

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Reacting to the ruling, Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold issued a statement Monday, saying, “The United States Supreme Court has ruled that states do not have the authority to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for federal candidates.”

“In accordance with this decision, Donald Trump is an eligible candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary.”

Trump reacted to the ruling in a post on Truth Social, saying, “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!


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