Trump: Presidents must be ‘free,’ ‘clear,’ and ‘celebrated’ after Supreme Court decision

Former President Donald Trump embraced the Supreme Court‘s decision to keep him on Colorado’s Republican primary ballot, a decision stopping other Democratic-led states, such as Maine and Illinois, from removing him as well.

“I want to start by thanking the Supreme Court for its unanimous decision today,” Trump said Monday from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. “It was a very important decision, very well crafted. I think it will go a long way toward bringing our country together, which our country needs.”

The Supreme Court’s decision also addressed uncertainty surrounding Super Tuesday‘s primary contests and the general election. But despite the cause for celebration, Trump’s remarks demonstrated that his other cases pending before the court, including his presidential immunity matter, are a cause for concern.

“Another thing that will be coming up very soon will be immunity for a president,” Trump said. “If a president doesn’t have full immunity, you really don’t have a president. … They have to make decisions, and they have to make them free of all terror that can be rained upon them when they leave office or even before they leave office.”

He added, “If a president does a good job — I did some people would say a great job — but if a president does a good job, a president should be free and clear and, frankly, celebrated for having done a good job, not indicted four times and not gone after on a civil basis.”

While Trump underscored the Supreme Court’s 20-page decision regarding his eligibility for Colorado’s Republican primary ballot, overturning Colorado’s Supreme Court ruling that he was ineligible under the 14th Amendment‘s so-called insurrectionist clause, President Joe Biden‘s campaign and the White House remained mum. But in a new New Yorker profile published Monday, Biden emphasized his predecessor’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

“Losers who are losers are never graceful,” Biden said. “I just think that he’ll do anything to try to win. If, and when, I win, I think he’ll contest it. No matter what the result is.”

“How can we, as a democracy, elect anyone president who says violence is appropriate?” he added. “It’s like you’ve all become numbed by it.”

The Supreme Court added the decision to its calendar last weekend, announcing it before Super Tuesday, which will be the last opportunity for Republicans in Colorado and Maine to vote in the 2024 primary. A challenge to Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’s decision not to include Trump on Maine’s Republican primary ballot depended on the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Colorado and Maine’s state Republican parties had contingency plans in place in case the Supreme Court decided against Trump, including using Colorado’s caucuses and state assembly to determine delegates for the Republican National Convention this summer in Milwaukee, considering the former president’s name was on early voting ballots. But uncertainty surrounded how the general election would have proceeded and been conducted.

Trump welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision earlier Monday with a succinct social media post, previewing his strategy of broadening his legal cases to being about more than him.

“BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!” he wrote.

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Before his remarks, during which he also criticized Biden’s border policies and encouragement of “migrant crime,” Trump supplemented his Truth Social post with a series of interviews.

“I was very honored by a nine-to-nothing vote,” he told The Howie Carr Show. “This is for future presidents. This is not for me. This is for future presidents, all presidents. And the next thing coming up, I think, which will be of equal importance, will be immunity because the president has to have immunity or they won’t be able to function. They’ll be ceremonial.”

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