Trump Blasts Group Seeking To Remove Him From Ballot

Aside from the criminal cases that critics hope will derail his 2024 presidential campaign, former President Donald Trump is also the subject of a lawsuit that litigants hope will prevent him from being listed on ballots in Colorado.

An organization called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is representing a group of voters in the state who claim that Trump violated his oath of office with actions that allegedly prompted his supporters to protest on Capitol Hill in early 2021.

Citing the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, CREW has put forth the dubious assertion that Trump has “disqualified himself from public office” and should not be allowed on the ballot. Similar legal challenges are already being discussed in a handful of other states.

“If the very fabric of our democracy is to hold, we must ensure that the Constitution is enforced and the same people who attacked our democratic system not be put in charge of it,” said CREW President Noah Bookbinder in a recent statement.

In a social media post on Friday, Trump made his position on the matter clear by directly assailing the credibility of those behind the Colorado effort.

CREW is “composed of many slime balls & groups like Norm Eisen through Brookings or Just Security, Andrew Weissmann, Joyce Vance, et al.,” he wrote, asserting that he has “been beating them for years” and is not only enjoying a sizable lead in the GOP primary race but “beating Crooked Joe [Biden], BIG!”

One Trump campaign source described the ploy as an “absurd conspiracy theory and political attack” that stretches the law “beyond recognition,” adding: There is no legal basis for this effort except in the minds of those who are pushing it.”

Aside from Trump and his close allies, a number of prominent legal scholars have also dismissed the credibility of this argument.

“Interpreting this post-Civil War amendment as a general provision for disqualifying candidates who some people may believe participated in what they regard as an insurrection or rebellion—as distinguished from a protest or even a riot—would create yet another divisive weapon in our increasingly partisan war,” wrote Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz.