(CMR) In a stunning and unprecedented decision, the Colorado Supreme Court removed former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, ruling that he is not an eligible presidential candidate, CNN has reported.
The ruling is as a result of the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban”; however, the ruling will be placed on hold pending appeal until January 4.
According to CNN, the court, in its ruling, found there was “substantial evidence” that Trump laid the groundwork to claim the 2020 election was rigged in President Joe Biden’s favor even before the election and worked to pressure Republican officials in various states to overturn the results.
The court also found that Trump’s messages in the lead-up to the January 6 rally at the Ellipse in Washington, DC, “were a call to his supporters to fight and that his supporters responded to that call.”
In November, a Colorado judge issued a ruling that concluded that Trump “engaged in an insurrection” on that day, but the decision fell just short of removing Trump from the state's 2024 ballot based on the 14th Amendment's insurrectionist ban.
While this lawsuit is not a criminal case, it is a highly notable finding and could factor into future challenges that are brought for the general election or even to block Trump from taking office if he wins next November. The Colorado decision is expected to be appealed to the US Supreme Court, regardless of the ruling.