A judge has rejected three more appeals from Trump’s lawyers to throw out a lawsuit that would keep the former president off of Colorado’s presidential ballot.
The decision is yet another blow to Trump’s legal problems, not to mention a blow to his chances at regaining the White House in 2024.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Colorado voters to keep Trump off the Colorado ballot in 2024 under the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection ban.” The provision disqualifies anyone from office who “engages in insurrection” or aids insurrectionists. The lawsuit claims Trump aided insurrectionists during the January 6th storming of the Capital building to prevent Biden from being certified as president.
The judge rejected Trump’s pleas that the case was flawed. A judge previously rejected Trump’s free speech claim. The trial is set to begin on October 31st to decide if Trump will be allowed on the Colorado ballot if he wins the Republican nomination for president.
“She is going against the clear weight of legal authority. We are confident the rule of law will prevail, and this decision will be reversed – whether at the Colorado Supreme Court or at the U.S. Supreme Court,” said a Trump campaign spokesperson.
A bipartisan House committee had recommended Trump never be allowed to hold office again after investigating the January 6th attack.