Anti-Trump groups and individuals around the country are jumping on the bandwagon idea that former President Donald Trump can be removed from the ballots next year.
One of the first major lawsuits to make that happen was filed in Colorado, and according to Colorado Politics, the judge overseeing the case made a significant move over the weekend, issuing a gag order against Trump and his legal team.
Citing the possibility of threats and intimidation given the gravity of the lawsuit, which is unprecedented and ridiculous to say the least, the judge banned parties on both sides from making threats or intimidating statements concerning the case.
The idea that Trump could be removed from state ballots stems from a weak argument regarding the 14th Amendment, last used against Civil War Confederate generals.
District Judge Sarah B. Wallace issued the ruling banning the threats and intimidation, citing the safety of those involved in the lawsuit, herself, and officers of the court.
"I 100% understand everybody's concerns for the parties, the lawyers, and frankly myself and my staff based on what we've seen in other cases," Wallace said.
In Colorado case to keep Trump off ballot as insurrectionist, state court judge issues narrow gag order against Trump (& other parties) to avoid "threats, acts of harassment of intimidation" against litigants, witnesses & counsel." ...
— Roger Parloff (@rparloff) September 22, 2023
The ruling, which is effectively a gag order against Trump and his lawyers, was widely criticized across social media. Many argued the stupidity of the ruling, pointing out that making threats or intimidating statements is already against the law.
"3am thought: This gag order is intended to stop the leading GOP presidential candidate from discussing one of the top issues for GOP voters—the complete corruption of DOJ and dual system of justice in Washington DC for Trump supporters," Julie Kelly tweeted.
3am thought: This gag order is intended to stop the leading GOP presidential candidate from discussing one of the top issues for GOP voters—the complete corruption of DOJ and dual system of justice in Washington DC for Trump supporters. pic.twitter.com/Hlz1QzFf13
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) September 16, 2023
The lawsuit in Colorado was the first to be filed by a group with the legal resources to take it as far as possible.
Legal scholars agree that the case will undoubtedly soon come before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Many believe it's simply another form of election interference -- an effort to hamstring Trump as much as possible as he roars ahead in the 2024 election.
So far, they've hit him with indictments, lawsuits, and gag orders. And so far, they've all gloriously backfired.