The United States Supreme Court has granted former President Donald Trump the right to appear on the ballot in Colorado, overturning the state's earlier order to disqualify him over his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack

There has been debate for months over whether Trump violated the "Insurrection Clause" of the 14th Amendment.

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The unanimous Supreme Court decision in Trump's favor eliminates a key legal hurdle in his bid for the GOP nomination.

The ruling does not affect the ongoing criminal cases against Trump, including federal election sabotage charges related to the January 6 incident.

Limited Impact

The Court voted by a majority of 5–4, holding that no state may unilaterally remove a federal candidate from the ballot.

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Trump expressed joy at the verdict in a social media post, calling it a "huge victory" for the US.

Trump's response

The ruling sidestepped the controversial issue of whether Trump's actions on January 6 were "insurrection", leaving the question unanswered.

Legal Ambiguity

The majority argued that states do not have the power to disqualify federal candidates from voting without Congress passing legislation.

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Four justices dissented, expressing concern over the potential effects of the majority's decision and the need for further federal enforcement mechanisms.

Dissenting voices