The former President of the United States and Republican presidential candidate front-runner, Donald Trump, faced a setback in his political ambitions as the Colorado Supreme Court ruled against his eligibility to run for the presidency.

The decision, made on Tuesday by a margin of four judges out of seven, stated that Trump’s actions during the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot constituted “insurrection,” leading to the disqualification of his candidacy.

This pivotal ruling, dubbed a political shock, stems from the events surrounding the attack on the federal Capitol by his supporters. It holds potential serious implications amid the already tumultuous pre-election campaign gearing towards the November 2024 presidential elections.

Trump’s ability to contest the presidency has been challenged due to the interpretation of Article 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which the court upheld, despite the individual in question having been the country’s president at the time of the events in question.

Following this decision, attention now turns to the federal Supreme Court of the United States, where Trump’s representatives have indicated their intention to appeal this ruling. The ruling, while delivering a blow to Trump’s aspirations, has ignited a legal battle that could significantly impact the upcoming electoral landscape.

The Republican camp immediately labeled the decision as an “anti-democratic” attack against the candidate. Colorado Supreme Court issued an entirely problematic decision and we will swiftly appeal to the US Supreme Court, seeking to suspend this deeply anti-democratic ruling,” emphasized Steven Chang, the spokesperson for Donald Trump’s pre-election campaign, in a press release.
The organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which supported the collective appeal by voters to Colorado’s judiciary welcomed the decision.
“This decision is not only historic and justified but necessary to protect the future of democracy in our country,” highlighted CREW President Noah Bookbinder in a statement.