Trump asks US Supreme Court to overturn Colorado ruling barring him from ballot over Jan. 6 attack

Former President Donald Trump is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Colorado ruling that bars him from the state’s ballot over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. He also appealed a similar decision by Maine’s Democratic secretary of state on Tuesday. (Jan. 3) DENVER (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling barring him from the Colorado ballot, setting up a high-stakes showdown over whether a constitutional provision prohibiting those who “engaged in insurrection” will end his political career. Trump appealed a 4-3 ruling in December by the Colorado Supreme Court that marked the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was used to bar a presidential contender from the ballot. The court found that Trump’s role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol disqualified him under the clause. The provision has been used so sparingly in American history that the U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on it. RELATED NEWS Trump is blocked from the GOP primary ballot in two states. Can he still run for president? Liberal groups seek to use the Constitution’s insurrection clause to block Trump from 2024 ballots Trump slams Maine ballot removal as the Supreme Court is set to rule if states can stop him running Wednesday’s development came a day after Trump’s legal team filed an appeal against a ruling by Maine’s Democratic Secretary of State , Shenna Bellows, that Trump was ineligible to appear on that state’s ballot over his role in the Capitol attack . Both the Colorado Supreme Court and the Maine secretary of state’s rulings are on hold until the appeals play out. Trump’s critics have filed dozens of lawsuits seeking to disqualify him in multiple states. […]

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