A Colorado judge's recent decision might just be the end of the various efforts to keep former President Donald Trump off of the state's 2024 ballots.
Trump's spokesperson, Steven Chueng suggested as much in a statement that he released in response to Colorado Judge Sarah Wallace's new ruling.
"We applaud today's ruling in Colorado, which is another nail in the coffin of the un-American ballot challenges," Chueng wrote.
He continued, "With this decision, Democrats' 14th Amendment challenges have not been defeated in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Hampshire."
In case you missed it, Judge Sarah Wallace, according to the New York Times, issued her ruling last week. Significantly, it is the first ruling to reject the Fourteenth Amendment argument on its merits. The other cases mentioned by Cheung were dismissed on procedural grounds.
In Colorado and other parts of the country, various anti-Trump groups are attempting to invoke Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to stop Trump from appearing on their state's 2024 ballots. Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment, in relevant part, states:
No person shall . . . hold any office . . . under the United States . . . who, having previously taken an oath . . . to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same . . .
The argument is that Trump took such an oath when he became president and that he "engaged in insurrection" with regard to the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021.
Wallace rejected this argument because she did not want "to embrace an interpretation which would disqualify a presidential candidate without a clear, unmistakable indication that such is the intent of Section 3."
Wallace, however, did find that Trump "engaged in insurrection" on Jan. 6, 2021, a finding which, no doubt, will now be used against Trump by his political opponents.
There seems to be little doubt that Wallace's ruling will be appealed. In other words, the matter is not over just yet.
Many are expecting that at least one of the Fourteenth Amendment cases will eventually make it to the U.S. Supreme Court. Up until now, the justices have chosen not to get involved in these cases. Legal scholars are predicting that the Supreme Court, with its conservative majority, would side with Trump.
Cheung, in his statement, accused those who have brought these Fourteenth Amendment cases of trying to take away from the American people the right to vote for a candidate of their choosing. And, he called for all of these cases to be dismissed.
"These cases represent the most cynical and blatant political attempts to interfere with the upcoming presidential election by desperate Democrats who know Crooked Joe Biden is a failed president on the fast track to defeat," Cheung said, adding, "The American voter has a Constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choosing, with President Donald Trump leading by massive numbers."
Cheung concluded, "This right was correctly preserved in Colorado today and we urge the swift disposal of any and all remaining Democrat ballot challenges. Onward to total victory in 2024. We will Make America Great Again!"