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Reaction Podcast: Colorado Supreme Court Bars Trump From Ballot

FiveThirtyEight Politics

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🗓️ 20 December 2023

⏱️ 24 minutes

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On this special reaction edition of the 538 Politics podcast, Galen speaks with Kimberly Wehle, professor of law at the University of Baltimore, and Geoffrey Skelley, senior elections analyst, about the recent ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court that bars Trump from the Colorado Republican primary ballot. They discuss the legal grounding of this ruling, the political reaction and the prospect of the U.S. Supreme Court weighing in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Hello and welcome to this urgent reaction edition of the 538 Politics podcast. I'm Galen Druk.


Tuesday evening, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that former President Trump's actions


surrounding January 6th constituted engaging in an insurrection and as such he cannot


appear on Colorado's primary ballot on Super Tuesday because he's disqualified from serving as president again.


That is their decision based on section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which states, with some


abridgment here, no person shall hold any office, civil or military


under the United States who, having previously taken an oath as an officer of the United States


to support the Constitution of the United States


shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same or given aid or comfort


to the enemies thereof. I know that was a lot. We're going to


unpack it right now. Some legal scholars have been making the argument since


shortly after January 6th that Trump is barred from public office going forward and lawsuits along those


lines have been filed in courts around the country. This is the first to succeed,


but the ruling is stayed through January 4th to give Trump time to appeal to the US Supreme Court, which his team has indicated he will do,


casting the decision as, quote, a scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of crooked Joe Biden.


Here with me to talk about the law and politics of all of this is


Kimberly Whaley constitutional scholar and professor of law at the University of


Baltimore. Welcome to the podcast.


Thanks for having me.


Delighted to be here.


Great to have you.


Also here with us is Senior Elections analyst Jeffrey Skelly.


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