Trump Ruled Ineligible to Run for President Due to Insurrection Clause
President Donald Trump has been removed from the 2024 ballot in Colorado following a ruling by the state’s Supreme Court. The court argued that Trump’s actions during the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol fueled the insurrection and therefore disqualified him from running for the presidency. This groundbreaking decision has been met with condemnation from the majority of the GOP.
Republican Rivals Rally Around Trump
Despite facing a major setback, Trump’s Republican rivals have swiftly come to his defense. They are united in their aim to defeat him at the ballot box. While this ruling would end the campaign for most candidates, Trump has a history of defying norms and expectations.
Trump’s Legal Troubles Boost His Popularity
Trump’s legal troubles, including being the first former or current president to be indicted for a crime, have only strengthened his support among Republican voters. His ongoing legal battles, including charges related to overturning his 2020 election loss, have only galvanized his base. Seasoned Republican strategist Ryan Williams states that each legal action against Trump only enhances his standing with the conservative base.
Political Experts Agree on Trump’s Political Benefit
Political experts from both sides of the aisle acknowledge that these legal challenges have played into Trump’s hands. David Axelrod, former President Obama’s top political adviser, highlights that what may appear as obstacles to Trump actually serve to strengthen him in the Republican primary. Maria Cardona, a Democratic National Committee member, adds that these challenges allow Trump to continue portraying himself as a victim.
Colorado Case Puts Trump Back in the Spotlight
In addition to the political advantages, the Colorado case has once again thrust Trump into the headlines. While some polls show his rivals gaining ground in New Hampshire, it is Trump’s removal from the Colorado ballot that dominates the news. This further solidifies his position as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination.
Supreme Court Appeal and Pending Challenges
The Colorado Supreme Court has put its ruling on hold until Jan. 4, anticipating an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court by the Trump campaign. Similar challenges are pending in roughly a dozen other states. While recent challenges in Minnesota, Michigan, and Florida were dismissed, the Minnesota Supreme Court left open the possibility for another attempt to remove Trump from the general election ballot.
Swing Voters and the Narrative Battle
Looking ahead to the general election, the question arises of whether swing voters will align with President Biden’s perception of Trump as politically persecuted or if they will buy into Trump’s narrative. Trump has claimed that he is being persecuted as a political opponent, while Biden maintains that Trump supported an insurrection. The outcome of this narrative battle will be crucial in determining public opinion.
The impact of the Colorado ruling extends beyond state boundaries. If the Supreme Court upholds the decision, it could encourage other states to take similar actions. The potential consequences are far-reaching, as both red and blue states may attempt to remove candidates from the opposing party’s ballot. The outcome of these legal battles will shape the political landscape leading up to the next presidential election.