The Colorado Republican Party announced this week that it would be challenging the recent state supreme court decision to remove him. Meanwhile the Colorado secretary of state announced former President Donald Trump would appear on the GOP’s 2024 primary election ballot and that it The decision will likely send the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court just weeks ahead of the first presidential nominating contests.
The state GOP announced a direct appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In the meantime, the Colorado secretary of state stated that Trump would appear on the state’s primary ballot. Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) said that barring a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, Trump would be included ahead of the Jan. 5 ballot certification deadline.
Griswold said in a statement that the state’s supreme court “got it right,” arguing that the former president “engaged in insurrection and was disqualified under the Constitution from the Colorado Ballot.” She said that since the decision is being appealed, his name would be included on the slate.
The secretary of state added her hope that the U.S. Supreme Court “act quickly given the upcoming presidential primary election.”
The Colorado Republican Party’s legal team wrote that the Colorado Supreme Court “engaged in an unprecedented disregard for the First Amendment right of political parties to select the candidates of their choice and a usurpation of the rights of the people to choose their elected officials.”
Trump ballot ban appealed to US Supreme Court by Colorado Republican Party https://t.co/GVGNNbXqUB
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 28, 2023
“With the number of challenges to President Trump’s candidacy now pending in other states, ranging from lawsuits to administrative proceedings, there is a real risk the Colorado Supreme Court majority’s flawed and unprecedented analysis will be borrowed and the resulting grave legal error repeated,” said the filing.
The primary ballot move is not the only major political news to come out of Colorado this week. In addition, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) announced this week that she was shifting her congressional district after a difficult reelection campaign in 2024.