Judge Bans Trump From 2024 Ballot?

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(PatriotNewsDaily.com) – District Judge Sarah Wallace in Colorado rejected an attempt to have former President Donald Trump blocked from appearing on the state’s primary ballot because of the 14th Amendment.

On Friday, Wallace filed court documents where she agreed with plaintiffs that the former President had been responsible for inciting the Capitol attack on Jan. 6th, 2021. She further argued that this does mean that the 14th Amendment could be used to have him disqualified. However, as she argued, the wording of the law makes the amendment not applicable to the office of the President.

The suit was filed in September by two Colorado voters, four Republicans, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an activist group. In the lawsuit, they claimed that Trump needed to be removed from the state’s ballot as his actions had been in violation of the 14th Amendment. As they pointed out Trump’s actions were connected to the insurrection and as such he was not eligible to run for elected office.

The trial was focused on two factors, the first one being whether Trump’s actions while President had qualified as acts of engaging in insurrection according to the 14th Amendment clause, and secondly whether the phrasing “office” used in the Amendment also applied to the presidency and as such if Trump could be disqualified under this amendment.

Trump’s attorneys have maintained that Trump did not have anything to do with the attacks and that everything he had stated during his speeches was protected under the First Amendment. However, Wallace agreed with the plaintiffs that Trump was responsible for the Jan. 6th violence. This is the first time that the court has made such a decision.

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