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SCOTUS Rules That States Cannot Bar Trump For 2024 Ballot

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The United States Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that states cannot unilaterally bar former President Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential election ballot, clearing another potential obstacle for Trump re-election bid.

  • The SCOTUS ruling overturns a Colorado Supreme Court decision that deemed Trump ineligible for the presidency under the "Insurrection Clause" of the 14th Amendment.
  • The ruling states: “We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency.”
  • House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said in a statement on X: "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed what we all knew: the Colorado Supreme Court engaged in a purely partisan attack against the frontrunner for the Republican presidential primary. States engaging in the same activist, undemocratic behaviors should take notice and leave it to the American people to decide who will be president."
  • Trump's SCOTUS victory comes as delay tactics from his legal team threaten to push the start dates of three of his four criminal trials beyond the presidential election.
  • Axios reports: “If he wins the presidency before standing trial, he could escape prosecution altogether… The one criminal case on track to start well before November — the hush money trial in New York — widely seen as the weakest of the four.”

Figure 1: Status of Trump’s Criminal Cases

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The United States Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that states cannot unilaterally bar former President Donald Trump for the 2024 presidential election ballot, clearing another potential obstacle for Trump re-election bid.

  • The SCOTUS ruling overturns a Colorado Supreme Court decision that deemed Trump ineligible for the presidency under the "Insurrection Clause" of the 14th Amendment.
  • The ruling states: “We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency.”
  • House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said in a statement on X: "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed what we all knew: the Colorado Supreme Court engaged in a purely partisan attack against the frontrunner for the Republican presidential primary. States engaging in the same activist, undemocratic behaviors should take notice and leave it to the American people to decide who will be president."
  • Trump's SCOTUS victory comes as delay tactics from his legal team threaten to push the start dates of three of his four criminal trials beyond the presidential election.
  • Axios reports: “If he wins the presidency before standing trial, he could escape prosecution altogether… The one criminal case on track to start well before November — the hush money trial in New York — widely seen as the weakest of the four.”

Figure 1: Status of Trump’s Criminal Cases

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