President Trump's lawyers have moved a lawsuit to disqualify him from the ballot in 2024 to federal court, a procedural win that could lead to the Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
The lawsuit from the liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, aims to remove Trump from the ballot under the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.
The effort is one arm of a sprawling and unprecedented lawfare campaign aimed at rigging the 2024 election against Trump, the likely Republican candidate.
Prosecutors aligned with the Democratic party are also seeking to jail Trump for more than 700 years in prison on various pretexts.
Trump - the likely Republican presidential nominee in 2024 - is neck-and-neck with Joe Biden in the polls.
Without a hint of irony, liberals and some anti-Trump conservatives have argued "democracy" can only be secured if Trump is disqualified from running.
CREW filed its case in Colorado state court, but Trump's lawyers promptly moved it to federal court - citing its clear and compelling constitutional implications.
“Plaintiffs’ challenge to Colorado’s ability to place Donald Trump on the presidential ballot depends solely on the Fourteenth Amendment,” Trump’s lawyers wrote.
“Trump’s basis for removal of the state court action is federal question jurisdiction under Section 3 of Fourteenth Amendment.”
The state's Democratic secretary of state Jena Griswold argues the state courts are "well-suited" to address the issue.
The effort to disqualify Trump rests on a fringe interpretation of an arcane clause of the Fourteenth Amendment barring "insurrectionists" from holding federal office.
The lawsuit from CREW is the first one seeking to disqualify Trump. Ever the branding guru, Trump has labeled the group "TRUMP DERANGED CREW."
It is worth noting that Trump was already impeached for "insurrection" and acquitted - after he left office - and he has not been convicted, or even accused, of insurrection or sedition in any of the four indictments he faces.
If Trump had been convicted in the impeachment, he would have been barred from office.
Having failed to do that, Democrats and Never Trumpers are devising new, unprecedented legal ploys to stop Trump from running - and ultimately deprive the people of their right to elect their own president.
A victory for Trump in this dispute - which seems not unlikely, if this frivolous challenge goes to the Supreme Court - would further discredit this unprecedented effort by the left to weaponize the legal system against their opponent.