Trump Finds An Extremely Unlikely Ally

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Thursday, former President Donald Trump found an unlikely ally in Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the Supreme Court heard arguments in Colorado’s case of blocking the former President from appearing on the state’s Republican primary ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court had determined late last year that Trump was not eligible to be included in the primary ballot under the Insurrection Clause of the 14th Amendment. 

Jackson, who was a Biden nominee and is the most recent addition to the high court asked during the hearing about the argument that Section 3, a Civil War-era provision that was originally created to block former Confederates from rejoining the government, why the argument was made that Trump should be blocked from participating in local elections, instead of the focus being on the presidency. 

Jackson had from early in the hearing attempted to reframe the debate and get an answer to that point. Throughout her arguments, she would often return to it, as she was focused on the clause’s specific function of disqualifying insurrectionists from being U.S. senators or representatives. She further pointed out that the law did not include any explicit mentions blocking insurrectionists from being presidents and vice presidents. 

The Colorado voters are suing to get Trump removed from the state’s primary ballot arguing that the ban applied to the presidency as it is mentioned in the Section that it includes “any office, civil or military, under the United States.” However, Jackson explicitly told the plaintiff’s attorney Jackson Murrey that the “president” was not among the listed people who were barred from holding office. 

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