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14th Amendment Challenge To Eligibility Heads To Colorado Supreme Court

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The Colorado Supreme Court is reviewing a case aiming to keep Donald Trump off the state’s presidential primary ballot based on the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, which disqualifies those who engaged in insurrection against the Constitution.

The court’s decision will impact Trump’s candidacy and could set a precedent for similar cases nationwide.

Arguments revolve around the interpretation of Section 3, with Trump’s legal team claiming the provision doesn’t apply to the presidency, while challengers argue it does. (Trending: Trump Announces Major Promise For 2024)

According to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

“But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability,” states the Amendment.

“There would be no reason to prohibit insurrectionists from serving as mere presidential electors, and from holding every other office in the land, while allowing them to hold the most powerful and hence most dangerous office,” argued the lawyers representing the plaintiffs.

“Nor would there be any reason to allow insurrectionist former presidents to hold office again, while excluding former low-level state officers,” they continued.

“The framers excluded the office of President from Section Three purposefully,” explained Trump’s lawyers.

“Section Three does not apply, because the presidency is not an office ‘under the United States,’ the president is not an ‘officer of the United States,’ and President Trump did not take an oath ‘to support the Constitution of the United States,'” argued the attorneys.

The outcome will affect not only candidate access to the ballot but also the integrity of the election process in Colorado and potentially across the country.

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