On October 30, 2023, lawyers for a group of Colorado voters argued in court that former President Donald Trump should be disqualified from the 2024 presidential ballot because of his role in the January 6th riot at the US Capitol.
The lawyers argue that Trump violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars anyone who has engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding office. They say that Trump incited the January 6th riot by spreading false claims of election fraud and urging his supporters to “fight like hell” to overturn the results of the election.
Trump’s lawyers have denied that he incited the riot and have argued that he is protected by the First Amendment. They also say that the 14th Amendment does not apply to Trump because he was no longer in office on January 6th.
The judge in the case has not yet ruled on whether or not to disqualify Trump from the ballot. However, the case is being closely watched as it could set a precedent for future efforts to disqualify candidates from running for office.
The arguments for and against disqualifying Trump from the ballot are complex. On the one hand, there is strong evidence that Trump played a role in inciting the January 6th riot. On the other hand, there are concerns about the precedent that would be set by disqualifying a former president from running for office.
Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to disqualify Trump from the ballot is up to the judge. However, the case raises important questions about the role of the First Amendment in politics and the limits of presidential power.