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Colorado Sec. Of State Complains About Trump Ruling, Begs Congress To Act

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Colorado secretary of state Jena Griswold expressed disappointment over the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing Trump on the 2024 ballot, emphasizing states’ power to bar insurrectionists.

The Court’s 9-0 decision stated that states cannot regulate federal candidates, including presidential ones.

“My larger reaction is disappointment. I do believe that states should be able under our Constitution to bar oath-braking insurrectionists, and ultimately this decision leaves open the door for Congress to act to pass authorizing legislation,” Griswold said.

“But we know that Congress is nearly non-functioning body. So ultimately it will be up to the American voters to save our democracy in November,” she added.

“We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency,” the Court wrote.

Griswold acknowledged this ruling, confirming Trump’s eligibility for Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary.

Critics see the ruling as a way to continue pressing for Trump’s removal if found guilty of criminal activity.

“The United States Supreme Court has ruled that states do not have the authority to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for federal candidates,” Griswold’s office stated.

“In accordance with this decision, Donald Trump is an eligible candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary,” she said.

“You have four justices concurring in the judgment… that they feel they don’t need to decide that Congress is the exclusive enforcement mechanism,” MSNBC’s Lisa Rubin said. “They don’t need to decide anything more than this is not a right that belongs to the states.”

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