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5 takeaways in Supreme Court's ruling to keep Trump on 2024 ballot

Dave Goldiner, New York Daily News on

Published in Political News

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that former President Donald Trump cannot be kept off the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado — or any other state.

The justices voted 9-0 that Colorado did not have the right to act on its own to bar Trump for violating the 14th Amendment’s so-called insurrection clause.

But they split along ideological lines about the legal meaning of the ruling and what should happen if Trump would be found to have led an insurrection by inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Here are five takeaways:

Trump will be on the ballot in 2024 everywhere

All nine Supreme Court justices agreed that individual states like Colorado do not have the right to bar Trump from the Republican presidential primary or general election ballots, assuming he is the GOP nominee.

 

A five-judge majority of the court also further ruled that only Congress could pass legislation barring an accused insurrectionist from becoming president.

But such legislation will be unlikely passed anytime soon given the split power grab in Congress, with the House led by Republicans and Democrats leading the Senate.

States cannot use 14th Amendment to bar candidates for federal offices

All the justices agreed that individual states should not be permitted to decide whether a presidential candidate is ineligible for office.

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