Watchdog group sues to keep Donald Trump off voting ballots in Colorado

Denver, Colorado - A watchdog group in Colorado has filed a lawsuit that aims to keep former President Donald Trump off the state's ballots ahead of the 2024 elections.

A watchdog group has filed a lawsuit to have Donald Trump removed from voting ballots in Colorado, arguing he is disqualified by the 14th Amendment.
A watchdog group has filed a lawsuit to have Donald Trump removed from voting ballots in Colorado, arguing he is disqualified by the 14th Amendment.  © JIM BOURG / POOL / AFP

On Wednesday, the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) announced the suit, arguing that Trump "disqualified himself from public office by violating Section 3 of the 14th Amendment."

"The amendment includes a provision that bans "those who 'engaged in insurrection' against the United States from holding any civil, military, or elected office."

The ban can only be overturned with a two-thirds vote from both the House and the Senate.

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"We aren't bringing this case to make a point; we're bringing it because it is necessary to defend our republic both today and in the future," explained CREW President Noah Bookbinder.

"January 6 was an unprecedented attack that is exactly the kind of event the framers of the 14th Amendment wanted to build protections in case of," he added.

"You don't break the glass unless there's an emergency."

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Last month, several prominent conservative legal scholars penned op-eds making the same argument, sparking a debate among Republicans.

Politicians in New Hampshire and several other states have since brought up the argument with state authorities, but having Trump removed is seen by many critics as a long-shot effort.

As Trump continues to run for president, he also faces 91 criminal charges that may threaten his effort.

Cover photo: JIM BOURG / POOL / AFP

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