A Colorado judge ruled that former President Donald Trump must be allowed to remain on the 2024 presidential ballot.
Judge Sarah Wallace noted in her ruling that Trump's actions on Jan. 6, 2021, did not fall under disqualifications as noted in the 14th Amendment.
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“Trump’s comments did not come close to ‘incitement,’ let alone ‘engagement’ in an insurrection,” Trump's attorneys wrote.
"Trump has not been convicted of insurrection and was acquitted by the U.S. Senate of charges of engaging in insurrection and continues to deny wrongdoing," Breitbart News added.
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“To be clear, part of the Court’s decision is its reluctance to embrace an interpretation which would disqualify a presidential candidate without a clear, unmistakable indication that such is the intent of Section Three,” the decision read.
“As a result, the Court holds that Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment does not apply to Trump," it noted.
Colorado judge sides with Trump in 14th Amendment case, keeping him on the ballot | Just The News https://t.co/kjc9uSOHV1
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"The ruling is the latest in a string of wins for the former president on the matter of his eligibility to hold public office," Just the News reported.
"Earlier this month, the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a similar effort to keep Trump off of the Republican primary ballot while a Michigan court has rejected a similar effort," it continued.
In Michigan, the group in the push against Trump plans to appeal the case, meaning more legal challenges will remain ahead of the primary in the state.
The ballot battles add to legal challenges Trump also faces in his New York fraud case, along with over 90 charges in cases in Florida, Georgia and Washington that will likely include trials ahead of the election in November 2024. The Georgia case includes 18 co-defendants, including some who have already agreed to plea deals ahead of Trump's trial in a sign that could make the former president's case more challenging.
So far, the legal attacks have not slowed his popularity among many Americans. Trump leads by a large margin over fellow GOP primary contenders and is close in many major polls in a rematch with President Joe Biden next year.