Trump Urges SCOTUS to Reverse Colorado Ballot Removal

    Trump Urges SCOTUS to Reverse Colorado Ballot Removal
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    The Facts

    • Lawyers for Republican former Pres. Donald Trump on Thursday filed a brief with the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) asking the justices to overturn a Dec.19 Colorado Supreme Court ruling that removed him from the Republican primary ballot in that state.

    • The Colorado court said Trump's actions before and during the Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol violated Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, but Trump's lawyers argue he wasn't subject to the clause because as president he wasn't an "officer of the United States."


    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    It's obvious that rabid partisans from the left are attempting to derail Trump's reelection. This is unlawful and immoral. Millions of Americans will be denied their right to vote for the Republican frontrunner, and the faith of the electorate in the system will be lost, if SCOTUS doesn't reverse this injustice.

    Anti-Trump narrative

    Arguing that a president doesn't swear to "support the Constitution" is a laughable argument that shows Trump's desperation. This brief is full of weak and unrelated arguments because when it comes down to it Trump violated Section 3 and should have to face the consequences of his actions.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 17% chance that Trump will be removed from the primary election ballot of a US state for a federal office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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