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Colorado Supreme Court Ruling Challenges Trump’s Eligibility for 2024 Presidential Ballot



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In a divided decision, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled 4-3, that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on the state’s presidential primary ballot for the 2024 elections. The court invoked Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, marking the first time in history that this provision has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate.

The court’s majority, all justices appointed by Democratic governors, concluded that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This section stipulates that individuals who have sworn an oath to “support” the Constitution and subsequently engaged in insurrection or rebellion against it are barred from holding office. Trump’s alleged role in inciting the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol formed the basis for the court’s decision.

Trump’s legal spokeswoman, Alina Habba, swiftly condemned the ruling, asserting that it attacks the core of the nation’s democracy. She expressed confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn what Trump’s team considers an unconstitutional order. The Republican National Committee chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, labeled the decision as “election interference,” signaling the RNC’s intention to assist Trump in challenging the ruling.

Notably, the court stayed its decision until January 4, or until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the case. Colorado officials emphasize the urgency of settling the matter by January 5, the deadline for the state to print its presidential primary ballots.

While Trump lost Colorado by 13 percentage points in 2020, the implications of this ruling extend beyond the state’s borders. The fear is that other courts and election officials may follow Colorado’s lead, potentially excluding Trump from must-win states in the 2024 presidential election.

This case marks a historical use of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to disqualify a presidential candidate. The court’s decision signals a potential turning point in the ongoing legal battles surrounding Trump’s eligibility, with his attorneys vowing to appeal any disqualification promptly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the legal drama unfolds, questions linger about the broader impact on Trump’s candidacy and the potential precedent set by the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision. The constitutional interpretation of Section 3 and its application to presidential candidates may become a focal point in the upcoming legal battles, headed to the highest court.

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden



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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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