Trump Challenges Biden After Supreme Court Decision

Former President Donald Trump sharply criticized President Joe Biden after the unanimous decision by the Supreme Court this week that he was eligible for the ballot. The former president described the effort by the Colorado Supreme Court to remove him from that state’s GOP presidential primary ballot as politically motivated, pointing the finger at the White House.

Following the announcement of the Supreme Court decision Monday, the former president thanked the Supreme Court and said that the decision could bring the country together. He also called upon Biden to “stop weaponization. Fight your fight yourself.”

“Don’t use prosecutors and judges to go after your opponent to try and damage your opponents and you can win an election. Our country is much bigger than that,” said the former president.

Trump also cited a number of prosecutors involved in court cases against him at the state, local and federal levels. He said that the “polls show that I’m much more popular than I was before weaponization. It’s been weaponized like it’s never been – this is for third world countries, this isn’t for us.”

In the unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week, the justices argued that no state could remove a federal candidate from the ballot under the justification of the 14th Amendment. The Colorado Supreme Court, a judge in Illinois and the Maine secretary of state each argued that the former president was disallowed ballot access because of the ‘insurrection’ clause of the amendment.

Only Congress has such power, said the court.

In the decision, the justices wrote that those seeking to keep Trump off the Colorado state bllot had not “identified any tradition of state enforcement of Section 3 against federal officeholders or candidates in the years following ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment. Such a lack of historical precedent is generally a telling indication of a severe constitutional problem with the asserted power.”

“The patchwork that would likely result from state enforcement would sever the direct link that the Framers found so critical between the National Government and the people of the United States as a whole,” read the decision.