States Banned From Kicking Trump Off Ballot

( – The US Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that states cannot remove Donald Trump from their ballots. The question arose after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled last year that Trump was disqualified through the application of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which prevents those who engage in insurrection from holding high government office. Other states, including Maine and Illinois, followed Colorado’s example, but those attempts to bar the former President now fall in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.

Mr. Trump declared that the ruling was a “big win for America,” but experts warn that the issue could arise again should the Republican frontrunner win the keys to the White House in November. The Court stated that only Congress can apply the provisions of Section 3, raising the possibility that it could do just that if Trump is re-elected.

In their ruling, the Justices did not declare whether Trump had actually engaged in insurrection or whether the events of January 6, 2021, amounted to an insurrection, as the Colorado court had determined. Mr. Trump’s attorneys argued that Section 3 did not apply to the Presidency, but the Court did not deliver a ruling on that question.

While the overall decision was unanimous, there was some dissent. Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson concurred with the judgment but felt that the Court had gone too far in declaring how Section 3 could be applied.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed the challenge to Trump’s eligibility, and its leader, Noah Bookbinder, denied that the Court’s ruling was a win for the former President. “The Supreme Court had the opportunity in this case to exonerate Trump, and they chose not to do so,” he said. Mr. Bookbinder continues to insist that January 6 was an insurrection and that Donald Trump was responsible for it. He called on the American people to “ensure accountability” in the November Presidential election.

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