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Activists hold up a banner following arguments in former U.S. President Donald Trump's appeal of a lower court's ruling disqualifying him from the Colorado presidential primary ballot, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2024.

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SCOTUS seems unlikely to disqualify Trump in Colorado case

On Thursday, the Supreme Court considered a case that could determine whether Donald Trump can be barred from Colorado’s primary ballot – its most direct involvement in an election since Bush v. Gore.

The two main issues were whether the president is considered an “officer of the United States” and so ineligible for reelection if found guilty of insurrection under the 14th Amendment, and whether disqualifying him would require congressional approval.

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Ballot battle: Colorado vs Trump
Ballot battle: Colorado vs Trump | US Politics In :60

Ballot battle: Colorado vs Trump

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC, shares his perspective on US politics.

Is the Colorado Supreme Court going to block Trump from appearing on the ballot there?

The answer is probably not, but they might. The Colorado Supreme Court, this week, ruled that former President Trump, cannot appear on the Colorado ballot on the grounds that he engaged in insurrection against the United States, which under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, bars a political candidate from appearing for federal office. Now, the Supreme Court is almost certainly going to take this issue up. This is a precedent that will be set for other states who are also trying to bar Trump from appearing on the ballot at all. And this puts the Supreme Court in a really difficult position. The court does not want to be in a position to intervene in what it sees as very political questions.

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