Trump celebrates ‘big win’ Supreme Court 14th Amendment ruling

Former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies boasted about the Supreme Court‘s ruling on Monday morning that reinstates him on Colorado‘s ballot and rejects the 14th Amendment eligibility challenge he had faced.

“BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!” Trump posted on Truth Social minutes after the ruling was announced.

The Trump v. Anderson ruling was a major victory for Trump after the Colorado Supreme Court disqualified Trump from running for president in a 4-3 decision in mid-December, removing him from the state’s primary ballot.

The ruling now overturns Colorado’s decision and halts similar rulings from other states one day before Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states are set to cast ballots on the biggest primary day of the 2024 election cycle.

The Colorado voters who sued to remove Trump from the ballot cited his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as violating the 14th Amendment.

Trump was also removed from the ballot in Maine after Democratic Secretary of State Shenna Bellows claimed state law requires her to act on lawsuits about ballot eligibility. An Illinois court removed Trump from the state’s ballot recently.

However, allies of Trump were quick to tout the ruling as a triumph for the rule of law.

“Today’s ruling confirms what Republicans have been arguing: The American people get to pick their candidates, not activists or bureaucrats,” outgoing Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “The effort to kick Donald Trump off of the ballot was pure election interference from the left, and the RNC was proud to fight in the Supreme Court alongside President Trump’s campaign and other Republican partners to preserve voters’ right to make their voices heard. We look forward to continuing to fight and beat Democrats in court over the coming months.” 

In early January, the RNC and the National Republican Congressional Committee filed an amicus brief in support of Trump’s right to appear on the ballot, calling the attempts to remove him undemocratic.

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The former president will likely continue his steamrolling of the GOP primary in the wake of Trump v. Anderson.

He is on track to dominate most, if not all, Super Tuesday primary elections this week as he battles his last challenger, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, for the GOP nomination.

Kaelan Deese contributed to this story.

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