A Colorado judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to bar former United States President Donald Trump from the state’s Republican Party primary ballots for allegedly “participating” in an insurrection.
The lawsuit argues that The former president is not eligible to participate in the election because it violates Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits US officials who are “insurrectionary” from holding office in the future.
After hearing the arguments of the plaintiffs and the defense of the former president, Judge Sarah Wallace said that 14th amendment does not apply to presidents.
“After considering the arguments of both parties, the Court is convinced that ‘officials of the United States’ does not include the President of the United States”the judge wrote in his decision, which was shared by the network CNN.
The decision comes after the judges from Minnesota and Michigan will also refuse to eliminate Trump from the primary election Republicans from the states in the cases have the same argument.
In the final arguments in the case in Colorado, the former president’s defense used the Minnesota and Michigan decisions arguing that there is already “a consensus” about who is covered by the insurrection provision of the 14th Amendment and that it clearly excludes Trump.
The Amendment, which was ratified after the Civil War, did not say how the ban was to be enforced, and It has only been applied twice since 1919many experts see these challenges as a remote possibility.
Regardless of the initial sentences in these cases, it is expected that one or more of these appeals will reach the US Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority.