This Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection by stoking the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and threw him off the state’s 2024 ballot, POLITICO reported.
“We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” the majority opinion reads. “We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.”
The court is the first in the nation to side with activists and voters who have filed numerous lawsuits claiming that Trump is barred from holding future office under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause.” It reverses a lower-court ruling that found Trump had engaged in insurrection but that the Constitution’s ambiguity on the matter left Trump eligible to remain on the ballot.
The ruling will almost certainly speed efforts to force the issue up to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the court contemplated that outcome by staying its decision until Jan. 4, 2024, to give the justices time to consider the matter.
This is a developing story.