In a shocking turn of events, former President Donald Trump faces a significant hurdle in his potential 2024 presidential bid. A Colorado judge has just thrown a spanner in the works by denying Trump and the Colorado GOP’s efforts to quash a controversial lawsuit.
According to a report by CNN on Saturday, October 21, 2023, This explosive lawsuit was initiated by the liberal watchdog, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The group, advocating for six Republican and independent voters, challenges Trump’s eligibility for the next presidential race.
Citing the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban“, they highlight Trump’s alleged role in the infamous January 6 U.S. Capitol attack and his purported efforts to meddle with the 2020 election results.
Trump’s camp labels the lawsuit as baseless, arguing it tramples on his free speech rights and disregards the political parties’ power to pick their candidates. But District Judge Sarah Wallace isn’t having it. She asserts that the case poses unique and pressing legal concerns that warrant a comprehensive evaluation.
Wallace pointed to a notable 2012 opinion by now Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, which supports the idea that states can bar candidates who are constitutionally banned from office. With a landmark trial set for October 30, the clock is ticking. The outcome might just redefine the 2024 presidential race and seal Trump’s political fate.
Across the nation, similar lawsuits are popping up, capitalizing on the Civil War-era insurrectionist ban in the 14th Amendment. With the U.S. Supreme Court yet to weigh in on this matter and Trump’s massive following eagerly waiting, the stakes have never been higher!