Supreme Court Appears Ready to Force States to Leave Trump on the Ballot

Press Release

Issues

Executive Power & Civil Liberties, Voting Rights


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 8, 2024 – Today the Supreme Court held oral arguments in the case of Colorado removing President Trump from the ballot over his participation in the January 6 insurrection. Questions from the justices suggest their willingness to rule against Colorado under the premise that individual states should not get to decide on their own who is eligible for a federal office.

Alliance for Justice President Rakim H.D. Brooks issued the following statement:

“Today’s oral arguments suggest that our long constitutional nightmare under the Roberts Court continues. The framers of the Fourteenth Amendment were the greatest generation the nation has known, having led us through a civil war and secured Lincoln’s new birth of freedom in the aftermath of his assassination. Section 3 was one of their gifts to us. They wanted to ensure insurrectionists would never again threaten our constitutional republic, so they barred insurrectionists from all offices under the United States. They said so as plainly as they could, and trusted future generations to do the rest.

“My how we seemed to have failed the test. Rather than receive their gift graciously, this Court insults our benefactors. Their questions suggest they believe the framers were indecisive, conflicted, and short-sighted, that they left us absolutely nothing of value in our hour of need. The Constitution deserves better; the nation deserves better.”

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