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Could Trump Be Removed from the Ballot?

via The Independent on Youtube

Opponents of former President Donald Trump are seeking to remove him from the Colorado ballot following a lower court ruling that labeled him an insurrectionist.

The case revolves around whether states have the authority to ban individuals from the ballot.

Trump’s lawyers argue that the 14th Amendment’s Section 3, which prohibits insurrectionists from holding office, does not apply to the presidency. (Trending: LeBron James Shares Gun Advice For Americans)

“[Trump] has argued that states have no power to judge the qualifications of candidates or that it is a political question. The historical record however suggests that in at least some cases, states have excluded candidates,” said law professor Derek Muller.

“There are a number of things that the Colorado Supreme Court must find to exclude him from the ballot, but any one thing in Trump’s favor can keep him on,” Muller stated.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision remains uncertain, with arguments and precedents being considered.

“How is that not absurd?” Justice Richard Gabriel pressed.

“If it was so important that the president be included, I come back to the question, Why not spell it out?” Justice Carlos Samour Jr. said.

“Why not include president and vice president in the way they spell out senator or representative?”

Trump’s legal team contends that only Congress can determine his eligibility under the 14th Amendment.

The outcome of this case, along with others in different states, is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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