Hello OnPolitics readers! The Supreme Court today heard former President Donald Trump’s appeal of a Colorado ruling that kicked him off the state’s primary ballot.
The court’s decision could have huge implications for this year’s presidential election. If the justices reject Trump’s arguments and uphold Colorado’s ruling, other states could follow suit and remove him from their ballots, such as USA TODAY’s Kinsey Crowley reported.
The Colorado Supreme Court made the decision to disqualify Trump under a provision of the 14th Amendment. But what is the 14th Amendment? What impact could this have on the 2024 elections? Here’s what you need to know.
What is the 14th Amendment? THE 14th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed after the Civil War, with the goal of extending the freedoms of the Bill of Rights to formerly enslaved people. It was passed by Congress in June 1866 and ratified in July 1868.
🗎 What is Section 3 of the 14th Amendment? Section 3 prohibits anyone who engaged in insurrection after swearing to uphold the Constitution (by taking an oath, for example) from holding office again.
What does this have to do with Trump? The Colorado lawsuit was one of several across the country that invoked Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to say Trump was no longer eligible to run for president, alleging he participated in the Capitol riot. His lawyers disagree, arguing that Trump did not play a direct role and that this article was never intended to apply to the office of the presidency.
Learn more: What is the 14th Amendment? What is Section 3? What to Know as SCOTUS Hears Trump’s Call
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This article was originally published on USA TODAY: Supreme Court hears Trump’s arguments in Colorado…