In a pivotal legal battle with significant implications for the upcoming November election, Donald Trump’s lawyers are taking his fight against efforts to remove him from state presidential ballots to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case revolves around Trump’s alleged involvement in the 2021 Capitol attack and its implications under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Scheduled for arguments at 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT), the case challenges a lower court’s decision to disqualify Trump from Colorado’s Republican presidential primary ballot under the 14th Amendment. This amendment prohibits individuals who engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States from holding public office.
Trump, though not expected to be present during the arguments, plans to begin his day at his Florida residence before traveling to Nevada for a nominating caucus later in the day. The outcome of this legal battle could have far-reaching consequences, with Trump’s path to the Republican nomination potentially affected.
This case highlights the Supreme Court’s role in shaping a presidential contest marked by unprecedented circumstances, echoing the landmark Bush v. Gore decision in 2000. Additionally, Trump faces another legal challenge related to criminal charges stemming from his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling, issued on Dec. 19, 2023, adds to a broader campaign to disqualify Trump from state ballots across the country. The outcome of this case could influence similar challenges in other states, including Maine, where a decision is pending.
Given the impending Republican primary in Colorado on March 5, the Supreme Court’s decision could come swiftly. Trump’s remaining rival for the nomination, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, awaits the outcome as the legal battle unfolds.