Trump defends himself to the Supreme Court, denies being an insurrectionist and calls for peace, patriotism, respect for law and order on Jan. 6
Former President Donald Trump filed a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court's decision.
On January 18, 2024, former President Donald Trump filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, seeking to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court's decision to remove him from the state's primary ballot. The Colorado Supreme Court had ruled that Trump was disqualified from holding the office of the president due to his actions on January 6, 2021, which the court deemed to be insurrection against the United States.
Trump argued that the 14th Amendment's Section 3, which bans insurrectionists from holding public office, does not apply to the presidency. He also claimed that his actions on January 6, 2021, were not an incitement to insurrection. Trump further argued that even if Section 3 applies to the presidency, it cannot be enforced because Congress has not passed a law to enforce it.
The Supreme Court agreed to consider Trump's appeal and will hear oral arguments in the case on February 8, 2024. This case raises several legal questions, including whether Section 3 applies to the presidency, whether Section 3 prohibits a candidate from appearing on any ballot, and whether Trump "engaged in an insurrection or rebellion" against the United States. This case will be a critical question in an area of law that is not yet settled, as the Supreme Court has never faced this specific question regarding Section 3.