Former US President Donald Trump has officially appealed the decision to ban him from participating in the Republican Party primaries in Colorado. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled to expel him last December due to his role in the 2021 Capitol storming.
The appeal is before the US Supreme Court.
Trump wants to participate in the presidential elections next November. But in Colorado and Maine, he was excluded from participating in the primaries. These are the elections in which the Republican and Democratic parties will run as candidates.
This happened on the basis of a clause in the constitution stating that people who caused the uprising may not hold public office. In Maine, the decision was made by the chief elections official. Trump has also appealed in that state.
Trump is the first presidential candidate in American history to be ineligible to enter the White House under this provision. The Colorado Supreme Court said in December that Trump had been “disqualified.”
The Supreme Court said that Trump, during a speech on January 6, 2021, incited the mob that stormed the Capitol. In addition, Trump was not protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.
Trump's lawyers disagree. They respect Trump's participation in the insurrection and believe the Supreme Court should hear the case.
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