Supreme Court rejects attempts to ban Trump from 2024 ballot



In a significant decision, the United States Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s inclusion on Colorado’s Republican primary ballot, overturning a previous ruling by the state’s highest court. The unanimous decision comes as a victory for the former president in his quest for the Republican nomination, marking a pivotal moment in his political journey.

Critics of Trump have accused him of instigating and endorsing the assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, as part of his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results, which saw Democrat Joe Biden emerge victorious. Despite these allegations, the Supreme Court’s decision has reinforced Trump’s position in the ongoing race for the Republican nomination, amplifying his chances of facing Biden once again in the upcoming presidential election in November.

The ruling not only affects Colorado but also has broader implications, halting similar attempts in states like Illinois and Maine to remove Trump from their ballots based on allegations of his involvement in the insurrection. The Supreme Court clarified that while states can disqualify candidates from holding or seeking state offices, only Congress holds the authority to enforce the 14th Amendment’s provisions concerning federal officeholders, including the presidency. This decision underscores the complex interplay between state and federal jurisdictions in matters of electoral eligibility.