Six Republicans have initiated a lawsuit aimed at barring former President Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado. This audacious move sent shockwaves through the political landscape, as it is spearheaded by members of Trump’s own party.
The lawsuit alleges that Trump attempted to subvert the results of the 2020 election, casting doubt on the integrity of our nation’s electoral system.
It further accuses him of inciting a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 and failing to protect the Capitol or call off the mob for nearly three hours during the attack.
The plaintiffs argue these actions constitute an insurrection against the Constitution, which, under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, disqualifies him from holding the presidency again.
President Trump is right — time for Republicans to get tough and smart or we won’t have a country left! pic.twitter.com/HUFJHxH8KS
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) August 30, 2023
Among the Republicans leading this charge are former Colorado House and Senate Majority leader Norma Anderson and Krista Kafer, a conservative columnist for the Denver Post.
Anderson, who served as a state legislator for 19 years, stated she was proud to continue her work of protecting constitutional freedoms by bringing this lawsuit.
Kafer, a longtime Republican who voted for Trump, expressed her belief that Trump disqualified himself from running in 2024 by spreading lies, vilifying election workers, and fomenting an attack on the Capitol.
This isn’t the first time a lawsuit has been filed to remove Trump from the 2024 ballot.
A previous lawsuit filed in a federal court sought to ban Trump from the 2024 ballot for inciting an insurrection. However, Judge Robin Rosenberg ruled the attorney, Lawrence Caplan, lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Arizona Secretary of State Adrian Fontes also questioned Trump’s eligibility for the 2024 election in Arizona. However, he confirmed he does not have the authority to bar Trump from the ballot, citing the lack of a statutory process in federal law to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
The clear difference between Donald Trump and other politicians is that he’s been saying the same thing for 30 years..
What does that tell you? His positions are NEVER bought..
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) September 7, 2023
The debate over Trump’s eligibility to run for office in 2024 has sparked a variety of responses.
Charlie Kirk, the Founder and CEO of Turning Point USA, suggested a countermove if Trump is removed from the 2024 ballot based on the 14th Amendment. He argued if any official attempts to remove Trump from the ballot, the right should be prepared to remove Joe Biden from the ballot as well.
Harvard Law School Professor Alan Dershowitz also weighed in on the matter, calling the attempt to use the 14th Amendment to remove Trump from the ballot “absurd.” He argued the framers of the Constitution would never have tolerated such a move.