Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Supreme Court Unanimously Restores Trump to 2024 Presidential Primary Ballots

by BIZ Magazine

From Staff and Wire Reports

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled to reinstate Donald Trump to the 2024 presidential primary ballots, rejecting attempts by states to ban the former president over his alleged role in the Capitol riot. The ruling, which came just a day before Super Tuesday primaries, asserts that states lack the authority to exclude candidates from presidential ballots, with that power resting solely with Congress.

Reacting to the decision, Trump took to social media to express his elation, hailing the ruling as a “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!” The outcome effectively puts an end to efforts in states like Colorado, Illinois, and Maine to bar Trump from appearing on the ballot due to his involvement in contesting the 2020 election results, culminating in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold expressed disappointment in the ruling, acknowledging that Trump will now be listed as an eligible candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary ballot. The case centered around the interpretation of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, with Colorado’s Supreme Court ruling that the provision could be applied to Trump, who was accused of inciting the Capitol attack.

“The Supreme Court is right to unanimously rebuke Colorado for trying to stop people from voting for President Trump,” remarked Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “Protecting democracy means letting Americans vote for who they want. This is not Russia or China or countries whose Powerball jackpot is 287 chickens and a goat. This is America. We don’t use the courts to deny people the right to run for office or to deny our people the right to vote for their candidate.”

The Supreme Court’s decision underscores that states lack the constitutional authority to enforce Section 3 with regards to federal offices, particularly the presidency. While all nine justices agreed on Trump’s reinstatement, there was sharp disagreement among the liberal and conservative factions of the court regarding the interpretation of Section 3 and Congress’s role in disqualifying candidates.

“The Colorado court made its decision in bad faith, for political reasons,” Kennedy added. “Today’s Supreme Court decision is a victory for the rule of law, the Constitution, democracy and common sense.”

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