WASHINGTON – Calling himself a “presumptive nominee” for the presidency, Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Monday to protect the rights of tens of millions of Americans who want to vote for him.
In a deposit Days before the nation’s highest court considers his exclusion from the Colorado ballot, Trump’s lawyers argued that his exclusion would be “undemocratic,” similar to recent actions in Venezuela. His lawyers are appealing Colorado’s decision to disqualify him from running in that state because of an anti-insurgency clause in the Constitution.
“There was no insurrection,” Trump’s lawyers wrote. “President Trump did not “incite” anything, and President Trump did not “engage” in anything that constitutes an “insurrection.”
Citing a 1964 ruling regarding state legislative districts, Trump’s lawyers said the court had already ruled that “the right to vote freely for the candidate of one’s choice is the very essence of a democratic society, and any restriction of this right strikes the heart of society.” representative government.”
Colorado’s highest court ruled in December that Trump is disqualified from running for president because of his role in trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election – and the role he played in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment prohibits from holding office anyone who engages in insurrection after promising to support the Constitution.
Did not “engage in the insurrection”
Trump maintains that this provision does not apply to presidents. And even if he did, his lawyers argue, he did not “engage in insurrection.”
Trump’s electability is being challenged by six Colorado Republican and independent electors represented by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group.
He calls the Colorado ruling “the only exception” among many unsuccessful legal challenges. Although the Colorado case was the only one to reach court, the Maine Secretary of State ruled in…