Former President Donald Trump will be included on the Colorado 2024 presidential primary ballot, as ruled by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah B. Wallace on Friday. The judge’s ruling mandates that Trump’s name be certified on the ballot on January 5, 2024.
This decision comes after a lawsuit was filed seeking to disqualify Trump from appearing on the ballot based on the 14th Amendment.
The lawsuit specifically cited the Disqualifications Clause, or Section 3, of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States or aided such activities from holding office.
The plaintiffs, watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and six Colorado voters, filed the lawsuit in September as part of an effort to prevent Trump from winning another term in office.
CREW, known for its left-wing stance and targeting Republicans, expressed optimism that the ruling would go in their favor. However, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung celebrated the decision, referring to it as “another nail in the coffin of the un-American ballot challenges.”
Cheung further stated that the 14th Amendment challenges brought forth by Democrats have now been defeated in several states, including Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Hampshire.
The ruling in Colorado follows a similar decision made by a Michigan judge earlier in the week, allowing Trump to remain on that state’s primary ballot. Previous challenges in Minnesota and New Hampshire were also dismissed.
Trump remains the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges, as he is currently indicted in Georgia, New York, and during special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into alleged interference in the 2020 election and the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.