Trump Asks US Supreme Court to Keep Him on the Colorado Primary Ballot

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, former President Donald Trump appealed the Colorado Supreme Court decision removing him from the state’s presidential primary ballot to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Trump is asking the nation’s highest court to determine if the Colorado Supreme Court erred in its December decision to remove him from the state’s primary ballot. The court originally paused the decision until Jan 4. or until the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in any appeal related to the case. 

Former President Donald Trump waves to supporters upon arriving at Trump Tower, Monday, April 3, 2023, in New York. Trump arrived in New York on Monday for his expected booking and arraignment the following day on charges arising from hush money payments during his 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

The Colorado Republican Party already filed its own appeal of the decision last week seeking clarity on whether Section 3 applies to the president, whether Section 3 allows states to remove a candidate without any congressional action and whether removal of a candidate from a presidential primary ballot violates a political party’s First Amendment right of association. 

Time is of the essence in this case as both the state Republican party and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) asked the Court to expedite its consideration of questions concerning Trump’s eligibility. In a brief submitted last week, Griswold cited several important election deadlines approaching on the state’s election calendar, including the March 5 primary. 

Trump faces similar challenges to his eligibility in 18 lawsuits across the country. Yesterday, Trump appealed a decision from Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows disqualifying him from appearing on the state’s primary ballot. Courts in Michigan and Minnesota have ruled that Trump is eligible to appear on each state’s primary ballot.

Read Trump’s appeal here. 

Learn more about the case here.

Read more about Section 3 of the 14th Amendment here.