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December 20, 2023
Watch: Trump BANNED from Colorado Ballot in 2024!? Here's What It Actually Means...
The Colorado Supreme Court has disqualified Trump from the 2024 ballot. But is this even effective? Today’s show breaks all that down.
“Donald Trump can’t appear on the 2024 presidential primary ballot in Colorado because of his actions surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday.
The first-of-its kind decision sided with a group of Colorado voters who argued in a lawsuit that the Republican front-runner was disqualified under a clause in the 14th Amendment. Enacted after the Civil War, the provision disqualifies from public office those who swore to defend the Constitution and then ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion’ against the U.S.”
"Why are they trying so hard to get Donald Trump out of the primaries? They always said he was the easiest guy to beat,” Crowder said.
First, the Colorado Supreme Court is claiming that Trump led an insurrection.
"They are saying that he forfeits his right [to run] based on a charge he has never even been hit with, anywhere,” Crowder said. “He has not been charged with sedition. He has not been charged with leading an insurrection.”
The court used his Jan. 6 speech as “evidence” that he committed this crime that he has yet to be charged with.
"Unfortunately, the courts can be used to specifically manipulate the court of public opinion now," Crowder said. “You think that judges, prosecutors, and lawyers don’t know that it would be relevant that he has not been charged? Of course, they know that. That is why they want to get this out so that people like Joy Reid and Rachel Maddow will parrot the point [of the] insurrection clause.”
"Section 3 of the Civil War-era 14th Amendment says: 'No person shall ... hold any office, civil or military, under the United States ... who, having previously taken an oath ... as an officer of the United States, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.'"
So does this mean Colorado can use this clause to ban Trump from the ballot?
"It would mean that former confederate states could have simply loaded their ballots with slave traders," Crowder said. "This is a national election. That is where it is appropriate - where there has to be some national, federal oversight because this is the president of the entire country. Section 3 of the 14th amendment of course would not apply here."
But the ironic part about the ruling is that they pretty much stay their judgment. Trump has until Jan. 4 to appeal this. If the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't rule on this by Jan. 4, Trump remains on the primary ballot for Colorado.
"This is for the court of public opinion. Which is also really dumb because it is only going to strengthen him," Crowder said.