Leftwing Group Fails to Keep Trump Off Colorado Ballot

A leftwing watchdog group has failed to keep former President Donald Trump’s name off the Colorado Republican primary ballot.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) tried to disqualify the former president from the Colorado GOP primary in 2024.

The group and six Colorado voters attempted to block Mr. Trump on the basis of the 14th Amendment Disqualifications Clause. There are similar attempts in three other states to prevent voters from finding Trump on their ballot: New Hampshire, Minnesota, and Michigan.

The relevant text from the Constitution disqualifies anyone who has “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the U.S. from running for federal office.

But U.S. District Court Judge Sarah B. Wallace ruled Friday:

“The court orders the Secretary of State to place Donald J. Trump on the presidential primary ballot when it certifies the ballot on January 5, 2024.”

CREW is a 501(c)(3) organization and poses as a non-partisan government oversight group. But it plainly operates a partisan activist organization to support Democrats and progressive causes.

Even Ben Smith of Politico wrote back in 2010 that CREW is “one of a wave of new groups backed by liberal donors [ … ] for assaults on largely — but not entirely — Republican targets.”

While CREW alleged that Trump “summoned, incited, and aided” the Jan 6 Capitol protests, the former president has never been convicted of these charges. Furthermore, he has not been convicted of illegally attempting to overturn the 2020 election results.

The disqualifications clause of the 14th Amendment was written to prevent those who had waged open war against the federal government in the Civil War from holding office.

Donald Trump’s lawyers and campaign cheered the victory in the U.S. district court. Trump’s campaign wrote: “We applaud today’s ruling in Colorado, which is another nail in the coffin of the un-American ballot challenges. With this decision, Democrats’ 14th Amendment challenges have now been defeated in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota and New Hampshire.”

Trump attorney Scott Gessler said, “We’re pretty satisfied with the outcome.” He condemned CREW’s ballot obstruction as “anti-democratic” and applauded Judge Wallace’s decision, saying, “the voters of Colorado are going to be able to make the choice, not a court.”