In response to a reporter’s question about whether Trump should “be allowed to vote,” Biden responded, “As far as I’m concerned, that’s fine.” »
Biden made the remark shortly before boarding Marine One for Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, from where he departed for a trip to Florida.
Last month, Biden said Trump “certainly supported an insurrection.”
“Whether the 14th Amendment applies or not, I will let the court make that decision,” he said journalists on December 20.
The Supreme Court must hear pleadings next week in the Colorado runoff, which could impact whether Trump remains on the primary ballot in that state and others.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled last month that Trump violated a provision of the United States 14th Amendment to the Constitutionwhich states that “an officer of the United States” who has “engaged in insurrection” cannot hold office and is therefore ineligible as a candidate.
Trump’s lawyers having argued that a president is not considered an “officer of the United States” and has not “engaged in insurrection.”
“The Court should revisit these grounds and put an end once and for all to these unconstitutional disqualification efforts,” Trump’s lawyers said in a statement. Short submitted to the Supreme Court this month.
Biden has frequently supervised the November elections as having the objective of preserving democracy, often referring to the insurrection of January 6, 2021.
“This is the first national election since the January 6 insurrection put a dagger to the throat of American democracy – since that moment. We all know who Donald Trump is,” Biden said in a speech on democracy marking three years of the insurrection. “The question we need to answer is: who are we? That’s what’s at stake.”
A reporter asked Biden on Tuesday why Trump was leading in the polls “if he is a threat to democracy, as you say.”