In a ruling unprecedented in the history of the United States, the justices appealed to the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits people who have participated in an insurrection from holding elected office.
They have made this decision with four votes in favor and three against.
In determining that Trump engaged in an insurrection in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Colorado court said there is “substantial evidence” that the former president was “laying the groundwork for a claim that the election were rigged” before the November presidential race.
According to them, the former leader “continued to fan the flames of his followers’ anger, which he himself had ignited” by making false claims about the integrity of the elections.
In this way, Trump is disqualified from participating in the Colorado Republican primaries.
Colorado will hold its presidential primaries on March 5, known as Super Tuesday.
The former US president will appeal the ruling
The former US president will appeal the ruling before the Supreme Court and considers it a “sad day” for the country.
The Trump campaign team has asserted that it will “quickly file an appeal with the country’s Supreme Court and” a simultaneous request to suspend this deeply undemocratic decision. “We have every confidence that the Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to to these anti-American demands,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung said.