178 Republicans urge Supreme Court to keep Trump on ballot
Republican lawmakers urged the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday to keep former President Trump on Colorado's 2024 ballot.
Driving the news: House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) announced a Supreme Court brief arguing against a decision by Colorado's highest court to remove Trump from the state's 2024 ballot, which was signed by 136 House Republicans and 42 GOP senators — including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
- The move marked the first time a court has found that the 14th Amendment's insurrection clause applies to Trump in relation to his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
- The Trump campaign filed an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case.
- The Supreme Court brief further highlights that shift, with those who signed it now expressing doubts about whether Jan. 6, 2021, was an insurrection.
- Republican lawmakers wrote in the brief that under an interpretation of the insurrection clause, "a group invoking principles of justice to hinder any federal laws could be deemed insurrectionists."
- They continued: "Such action may be illegal, but that is a far cry from insurrection."
What they're saying: The lawmakers argued that the Colorado Supreme Court's decision "encroaches on Congress's express powers" by allowing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to be enforced without their authorization and by concluding that it allows a state to remove a candidate from the ballot.
- They also said the provision doesn't apply to Trump as "the President is never considered 'an officer of the United States.'"
- Lastly, they claim the decision "lacks neutral principles and will lead to widespread de-balloting of political opponents."
Be smart: Section 3 of the 14th Amendment states that no one should hold office in the U.S. if they "have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the [U.S.], or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof."
- "But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability," the provision continues.
Editor's note: This article and the headline have been updated to reflect that 136 House Republicans signed on to the Supreme Court amicus brief, in addition to 42 GOP senators.