Temporary Stay Issued Pending Appeals
The Colorado Supreme Court has made a 4-3 ruling against allowing former President Donald Trump’s name to appear on the state’s ballot. However, the ruling has been temporarily stayed until January 4, as there are likely to be appeals. Three justices on the court dissented from the majority decision.
Weighty Decision for the Court
The majority opinion of the court acknowledged the significance of their ruling, stating, “We do not reach these conclusions lightly. 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.”
Trump Reacts and Promises Appeal
During a speech in Waterloo, Iowa, former President Trump addressed the Colorado ruling, accusing Joe Biden and the “far-Left lunatics” of being desperate to stop him by any means necessary. He claimed that they were willing to violate the U.S. Constitution and weaponize law enforcement to interfere with the election.
Trump Campaign Spokesman Steven Cheung issued a statement announcing their intention to appeal the decision. He criticized the court as being biased and in favor of a left-wing group, accusing them of undermining the rights of Colorado voters to choose their preferred candidate.
Colorado Secretary of State Responds
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold responded to the ruling, stating that she would follow the court’s guidance on the matter. She noted that the court had found Trump’s participation in the January 6 Capitol riot to be a factor in their decision.
Disqualification Lawsuits in Multiple States
Disqualification lawsuits related to Trump’s appearance on the ballot are pending in 13 states, including Texas, Nevada, and Wisconsin. Colorado is one of these states, where Trump lost by 13.5 points in the 2020 election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.