Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Kennedy and Cruz File Amicus Brief Urging Trump’s Restoration to Colorado Ballot

by BIZ Magazine

U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), along with Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.), have submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Donald J. Trump v. Norma Anderson, advocating for the restoration of former President Trump to the ballot in Colorado.

The amicus brief criticizes Colorado’s Supreme Court for what the senators and representative deem as a politically motivated decision that misinterprets the Fourteenth Amendment. Kennedy argues that the ruling attempts to disenfranchise voters who wish to support Trump.

“Colorado’s Supreme Court has mis-stepped and overstepped. Its ruling reeks of politics and bad faith. Colorado’s court misinterprets the Fourteenth Amendment in an attempt to seize agency from voters. The U.S. Supreme Court must protect our Constitution by correcting Colorado’s move to disenfranchise voters who want to cast their ballots in support of former President Trump,” said Kennedy.

Cruz echoed these sentiments, pointing out what he sees as an attempt by the left to undermine democracy. He believes that while President Biden claims to defend democracy, his allies are working to prevent Trump from appearing on the ballot, ultimately undermining the people’s power to choose their leaders.

“President Biden has based his reelection effort on the notion that he is safeguarding democracy, but he and his radical allies are attempting to undermine the central component of the democratic process – the people’s power to choose their leaders through elections,” said Scalise.

The amicus brief underscores several legal errors in the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, including its failure to respect Congress’s unique authority to implement Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. It argues that the plain language of Section 3 does not apply to the president and warns about potential misuse of the decision for political purposes.

For those interested, the full amicus brief is available here. The Senators and Representative urge the Supreme Court to reconsider the decision and reverse what they perceive as a disastrous outcome.

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