Democrat Colorado Supreme Court Disqualifies Trump from 2024 Ballot

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20 December 2023
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The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 4-3 opinion that the Constitution’s “Insurrection Clause” prohibits former President Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot for the presidency in 2024.

“The court found by clear and convincing evidence that President Trump engaged in insurrection as those terms are used in Section Three” of the Fourteenth Amendment, the ruling reads.

The provocative ruling partially reverses a prior ruling from Colorado District Court Judge Sarah Wallace, who ruled in November that Trump is not an officer of the United States as defined by the Fourteenth Amendment and that the Amendment therefore cannot be used to disqualify him from appearing on the Colorado primary ballot...

In another dissent, Justice Carlos Samour wrote, “Given the current absence of federal legislation to enforce Section Three, and given that President Trump has not been charged pursuant to section 2383, the district court should have granted his September 29 motion to dismiss.”

He continued, “the court received and considered a partial congressional report, the admissibility of which is not beyond reproach… I have been involved in the justice system for thirty-three years now, and what took place here doesn’t resemble anything I’ve seen in a courtroom.”...


'Under the United States'... by Ted Noel, American Thinker, 28 Decemver 2023.

Vivek Ramaswamy on Colorado Ruling: I Will Withdraw from State Primary if Trump Not Allowed on Ballot, Brietbart, 20 December 2023:

... In his statement released on X, Ramaswamy called the ruling a true “attack on democracy,” characterizing it as “a cabal of Democrat judges” seeking to bar the former president from the 2024 election.

“I pledge to *withdraw* from the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is also allowed to be on the state’s ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley to do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver, which will have disastrous consequences for our country,” he said.

“Today’s decision is the latest election interference tactic to silence political opponents and swing the election for whatever puppet the Democrats put up this time by depriving Americans of the right to vote for their candidate of choice,” he added...

The Colorado Decision, by Chris Bray, 20 December 2023:

…and read the court’s opinions for yourself. You can click on this link, or download and open this PDF file:..

The dissent of Justice Carlos Samour begins on pg. 146 of the PDF file. Read it, especially the second and final paragraphs of the excerpt below. This argument strikes me as not just correct, but as the beating heart of actual liberal values as they were understood until roughly the morning of November 9, 2016...

The absence of discovery, the absence of a fair trial, a rushed process, a process that disregards evidence and the actual law against insurrection, “substandard due process of law.” To protect democracy, of course...

Team Trump Issues Fiery Response After Radical-Left Colorado Supreme Court Disqualifies Him from 2024 Ballot and Vows an Immediate U.S. Supreme Court Appeal, Gateway Pundit, 20 December 2023.

Election Interference: Here are the Four Colorado Justices Who Voted to Exclude Donald Trump from the 2024 Ballot, Gateway Pundit, 20 December 2023:

The unelected justices of the Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the people of Colorado cannot vote for former President Donald Trump on the ballot for the 2024 presidential election...

All seven current justices on the Colorado Supreme Court were appointed by Democratic governors. This has been the case since 2021.

The current justices and their appointing governors are:

  • Justice Carlos Armando Samour Jr. (appointed by Bill Ritter in 2010)
  • Justice Monica M. Márquez (appointed by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr in 2010)
  • Chief Justice Brian Boatright (appointed by John Hickenlooper in 2011)
  • Justice William W. Hood, III (appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2014)
  • Justice Richard L. Gabriel (appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2015)
  • Justice Melissa Hart (appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2017)
  • Justice Maria E. Berkenkotter (appointed by Jared Polis in 2021)

Here are the four justices who voted to disqualify Trump from holding the office of President under Section Three:

  • Justice Monica M. Márquez (appointed by Governor Bill Ritter, Jr in 2010)
  • Justice Melissa Hart (appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2017)
  • Justice William W. Hood, III (appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2014)
  • Justice Richard L. Gabriel (appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2015)...

'A Completely Flawed Decision': Trump Campaign Responds to Colorado's Latest Anti-Democratic Ballot Move, Townhall, 19 December 2023.

The Colorado Supreme Court 4-3 Decision Is Pure Nonsense and Can Be Laughed At, They Even Admit It on Page 9, The Last Refuge, 20 December 2023:

Three main points before getting to the substance. [213 page opinion HERE]

#1) It was a 4-3 decision. Meaning it was the politics of the court, literally the political makeup and perspective therein, that determined the outcome of the decision. This is showcased in point #3, which is the funniest part.

#2) The entire framework of the case against Trump in the Colorado decision is predicated on this: “[the complainants] asserted that he was ineligible under Section Three because he engaged in insurrection on January 6, 2021, after swearing an oath as President to support the U.S. Constitution.” [pdf, page 6] REMINDER – President Donald Trump was not charged with “insurrection,” is not accused of “insurrection,” does not fit the complaint under the definitions of “insurrection,” and has never been found guilty of insurrection. The complaint is moot before the court. But hey, it’s Lawfare… and we all know Lawfare is created for public media consumption, so that takes us directly to the biggest point.

#3) Instead of me writing it, let me screengrab it so we can all laugh together [pdf page 9]...

Tucker Carlson Responds to Colorado’s Supreme Court Decision in Viral Three-Minute Video:


Colorado Failed Constitutional Law - Tries To Supersede Federal Law, by Helena Glass Helena - The Nationalist Voice, 22 December 2023.


No Trump, no tourism. Boycott Colorado.


Supreme Court Will Not Immediately Hear Presidential Immunity Case Despite Jack Smith’s Plea for Speed, Breitbart, 22 December 2023:

The Supreme Court of the United States will not immediately hear former President Donald Trump’s case for presidential immunity, siding with Trump...

This is a significant victory for Trump and a major setback for Smith, who is racing against the clock to put Trump on trial in front of a heavily Democrat jury before the election.

Polling shows that a conviction could cost Trump several million votes, and if Trump does not have time to get the conviction reversed on appeal before November, there is a chance it could cause damage on Election Day...