Plaintiffs Appeal Ruling That Keeps Trump On Colorado Primary Ballot

A Colorado judge ruled on Friday that Donald Trump will be allowed to remain on the ballot in the state’s election next year after also finding that Trump “engaged in insurrection” for his role in the events of January 6.

A group of voters in Colorado were trying to have Donald Trump banned from running for office in Colorado based on the rarely used 14th amendment to the Constitution that bans officials who have engaged in insurrection from holding a federal office. Judge Sarah Wallace ruled both in favor of the plaintiffs and in favor of Trump.

“The court concludes that Trump acted with the specific intent to incite political violence and direct it at the Capitol with the purpose of disrupting the electoral certification,” Wallace said. “Trump cultivated a culture that embraced political violence through his consistent endorsement of the same.”

Wallace then also ruled that Trump could remain on the ballot because, “as president, Trump was not an officer of the United States that could be disqualified under the amendment.”

Both Trump and the plaintiffs are appealing Wallace’s ruling.

Trump praised the latter part of the ruling that kept him on the ballot. He called it a “gigantic court victory” won by his campaign in Colorado.

Even with the “gigantic victory,” Trump and his team are fighting Wallace’s ruling that he engaged in insurrection.

“The district court nonetheless made legal and factual findings wholly unsupported in the law, and these errors demand review – especially if the Petitioners in this matter also seek review of the sole dispositive issue upon which President Trump prevailed,” Trump’s attorneys wrote.

While Trump is appealing the ruling that he engaged in insurrection, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left-leaning watchdog group, will be appealing the fact that Trump was left on the ballot.

“We always knew this case would end up before the Colorado Supreme Court, and have been preparing for that from the beginning,” said Noah Bookbinder, president of CREW. “We are planning to build on the trial judge’s incredibly important ruling that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection, and we are ready to take this case as far as necessary to ensure that Donald Trump is removed from the ballot.”

Some experts believe that the case is ultimately headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Even if the case makes it that far, the 2024 election will almost definitely take place with Donald Trump on the GOP primary ballot and, if he is successful, the presidential ballot as well.

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