Rule of Law

RELEASE: Colorado Supreme Court Decision Represents a Win for Colorado Voters, Democracy, and Constitutional Accountability

WASHINGTON, DC – Following today’s decision at the Colorado Supreme Court in Anderson v. Griswold, a case in which the Court considered whether Donald Trump should be allowed to appear as a candidate on the Colorado Republican Party presidential primary ballot due to his disqualification from office under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment, Constitutional Accountability Center Vice President Praveen Fernandes issued the following reaction:

Today’s decision by the Colorado Supreme Court affirms the district court’s careful findings that January 6th represented an insurrection and that Donald Trump engaged in insurrection, and it reverses the district court by holding—as the Constitutional Accountability Center urged in our amicus brief– that the Disqualification Clause applies to presidents and to the presidency.

Guided by the Constitution’s text and history, the Colorado Supreme Court held that because Donald Trump engaged in insurrection, he is constitutionally disqualified from serving as president and therefore should not be listed on the presidential primary ballot in Colorado.

Donald Trump might have violated the oath of office he took, but the Colorado Supreme Court Justices honored theirs. The Court did not shirk its “solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.”

Today’s decision, driven by the facts and the law, represents a win for Colorado voters, democracy, and constitutional accountability.


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