Lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to disqualify Trump from running for president because of January 6

(Mariam Zuhaib/Associated Press)

Lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to disqualify Trump from running for president because of January 6

Election 2024


January 26, 2024

The Supreme Court should declare that Donald Trump is ineligible to become president


For spearheading the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn his 2020 election loss, lawyers leading the fight to keep him off the ballot told judges



In a filing full of vivid descriptions of the Jan. 6, 2021, violence at the Capitol, the lawyers urged the justices not to shy away from fulfilling their constitutional duty and to uphold an initial decision by the Colorado court. uphold the 2024 Republican presidential candidate during the state’s primaries.

No one, not even a former president, is above the law, the lawyers wrote.

The court will hear arguments in a. in less than two weeks


case that has the potential to disrupt the 2024 presidential election.

The case presents the Supreme Court with a first look at a provision of the 14th Amendment

that blocks

some people who rebelled avoided holding public office. The amendment was passed in 1868, after the Civil War.

In their plea to the court, the lawyers said: “Trump deliberately organized and incited a violent mob to attack the United States Capitol in a desperate attempt to prevent the electoral votes against him from being counted after he won the election of Democrat Joe Biden had lost.

They called for a decision that makes it clear that what happened on January 6 was an insurrection, for which Trump bears responsibility. The president is covered by the constitutional provision in question, and Congress does not have to take action before states can apply it, the lawyers wrote.

The written submission includes


details of Trump’s actions leading up to January 6, including

ahistweet on

Dec. January 19, 2020, tweet in which he informs


Supporters of the planned protest on the day Congress was to count the electoral votes wrote: Be there, will be wild.


In his speech to supporters on January 6, the lawyers wrote that Trump had lit the fuse. The letter reproduces photos of the day’s chaos, including one of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Daniel Hodges pinned in a doorway

during the attack


Trump’s lawyers have argued that efforts to keep him off the ballot threaten to disenfranchise tens of millions of Americans, promising to unleash mayhem and mayhem if other states follow Colorado’s lead.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling should be reversed for several reasons, Trump’s lawyers wrote, including that

Hey Trump

has not rebelled and that the presidency is not covered by the amendment. They also argue that Congress must pass legislation before states can invoke the provision to keep candidates off the ballot.

The judges

will hear, be heard

arguments February 8.



won the first two Republican presidential elections: the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries. Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley does

are Trump’s



major opponent of the GOP.


Both sides

in the case

have said the court must act quickly so voters know whether Trump is eligible to run for president.

The court will hear the dispute within a short period of time that could lead to an earlier decision

March 5th,

Great Tuesday

on March 5

when the largest number of delegates are up for grabs in a day, including in Colorado.

A two-sentence provision in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that anyone who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and then opposed it is no longer eligible to hold state or federal office. After Congress passed an amnesty for most former allies in 1872, the provision fell into disuse until dozens of lawsuits were filed to keep Trump off the ballot this year. Only the one in Colorado was successful.

Trump will appeal separately

go inside

ruling by Democratic Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows that he is ineligible to appear

that says

vote on his role in the attack on the Capitol. The rulings of both the Colorado Supreme Court and the Maine Secretary of State have been stayed until the appeals are completed.

Sherman writes for the Associated Press.


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