Colorado banning Trump could be 'incredibly destabilizing', says Turley

 December 20, 2023

Jonathan Turley, a contributor to Fox News, expressed his profound concern on about the recent Colorado Supreme Court decision that has swept the nation. 

The commentator spoke out on Wednesday's episode of "The Brian Kilmeade Show" on the decision of the Colorado Supreme Court to ban former President Donald Trump from his ability to appear on the ballots of the state in 2024, as Fox News reported.

The professor of constitutional law condemned the decision as "anti-democratic" and provided an explanation as to why it would have a "destabilizing" impact on the election system in the United States.

Turley's Take

"It does bother me quite deeply, Turley said. "This is exceptionally dangerous. I mean, it is an anti-democratic opinion, and it could set us on a course that would be incredibly destabilizing for our system.

"Our system is not perfect, but the one thing that it can recommend itself for is that it's been stable. It survived crises that reduced other countries to a fine pumice. And so we have a system that is built to last. This is introducing a new element."

The commentator and law professor went on to explain that "This is introducing the ability of states to effectively block the leading candidate for the presidency by barring them from ballots, and it will result in a tit-for-tat."

According to Turley, this is not a new phenomenon: "This is something that is quite familiar in other countries. This is the way things are in places like Iran, where they have ballot cleansing, where you have people in government tell you who's just not appropriate for you to vote for.

"And we're looking down that road. Quite fortunately, we have a Supreme Court that I think will make fast work of this. I think that they're just dead wrong on the history, on the language, on the interpretation of the 14th Amendment."

The Ruling

As a result of the decision of the Colorado Supreme Court, former President Donald Trump will not be able to run for office in the state of Colorado in 2024.

The ruling was due to the riot that took place in the Capitol on January 6, 2021 which was cited as an insurrection or rebellion, which would take participants out of the running, in accordance with the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution

The decision that was handed down on Tuesday, which was 4-3, has been postponed until January 4 due to the potential for appeals.

"We do not reach these conclusions lightly," the court's majority wrote. "We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our 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."

Tuesday night would see the filing of an appeal, according to a statement from Steven Cheung, the spokesman for the Trump campaign.

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