Donald Trump faces a threat to his potential White House bid as the Colorado Supreme Court has barred him from the state’s ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This section prohibits individuals who took an oath to support the Constitution and then “engaged in insurrection” against it from holding office. It marks the first time this provision has been invoked to prevent someone from running for the presidency.
The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to have the final say on whether the ruling stands, and if it does, it could impact Trump’s campaign nationwide. This situation raises the possibility of future political battles where politicians seek judicial rulings to disqualify opponents under the same constitutional provision.
Some conservatives have even considered applying it to Vice President Kamala Harris, citing her role in raising bail money for individuals arrested during the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder as a potential act of “insurrection” against the Constitution. This development adds a layer of complexity to the political landscape, with legal experts closely watching how the legal interpretation of this constitutional provision unfolds and its potential implications for other candidates in the future.