Supreme Court Likely to Allow Trump’s Name on 2024 Ballot
The Supreme Court is leaning towards dismissing efforts to exclude former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot. This decision would effectively halt attempts in states like Colorado and Maine to bar Trump from running for president.
During recent hearings, justices from both conservative and liberal backgrounds seemed skeptical about disqualifying Trump due to his actions post-2020 election and the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. One major point of contention was whether Congress needed to intervene before states could enforce a constitutional provision aimed at preventing individuals who incited an insurrection from holding office again.
The justices, including Justice Elena Kagan, questioned why a single state should have the authority to determine the eligibility of presidential candidates. The impending ruling could showcase a united front among the justices, potentially coming swiftly.
While most justices seemed receptive to some of Trump’s defense arguments presented by his lawyer Jonathan Mitchell, Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared open to upholding the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling against Trump’s candidacy in the state’s Republican primary.
Interestingly, the proceedings focused less on whether Trump actually incited insurrection and more on the interpretation of his actions in the aftermath of the 2020 election. Trump’s lawyer argued that the Capitol riot did not constitute an insurrection and that Trump was not complicit in it.
Following the hearing, Trump expressed satisfaction with the Supreme Court proceedings but criticized the case’s initiation. He emphasized the importance of upholding democracy in the country.
The case marked the first time the Supreme Court examined Section 3 of the 14th amendment, encompassing more than two hours of discussions steeped in historical precedent. The outcome remains eagerly anticipated, with significant implications for Trump’s future political prospects.