The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump is disqualified from holding the presidency under the Constitution’s insurrection clause. The court also demanded that the secretary of state exclude the former president’s name from the state’s Republican presidential primary ballot.
This is the first time a court has found Trump not eligible to return to the White House considering his role in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. This is also the first time a presidential candidate is disqualified under the clause, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. After the landmark decision, what lies ahead for Trump?
What is next for Donald Trump?
Elie Honig, a CNN legal analyst, has opened up on what happens next after the ruling. “This is a historic decision, a momentous decision, as the Supreme Court itself says they are in uncharted territory but it’s really important to keep in mind this is not the last word here. This is almost certainly going up to the US Supreme Court, which can review the decisions of a state Supreme Court,” Honig said.
“In fact, the Colorado Supreme Court anticipates that possibility, and for that reason they put their own ruling on hold until January 4,” he added. “The practical consequence as it stands at this moment, though, is that Donald Trump will not be on the Colorado ballot in the race for President in 2024.”
Honig further said that it is important to keep in mind the broader context, citing how there were dozens of these challenges filed across the country in the past and “18 or so of them have failed, been rejected, or been withdrawn by the plaintiff.” He reiterated that the Supreme Court will have the final say.
‘That’s not a real democracy’
Presidential candidates responded to Trump’s disqualification, condemning the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision. Robert F. Kennedy Jr wrote, “Trump blocked from the ballot in Colorado. When a court in another country disqualifies an opposition candidate from running, we say, “That’s not a real democracy.” Now it’s happening here.”