US Supreme Court Rules: Trump is “Eligible”

The decision was announced hours before Super Tuesday and will serve as a precedent for all other appeals pending in various US states

Nikki Haley

Nothing else can stop the campaign of Donald Trump, who, despite Nikki Haley’s mini victory in the Republican Party primary in Washington, D.C., presents himself as the GOP’s most likely candidate in the November 2024 presidential election. The US Supreme Court has upheld Donald Trump’s eligibility in Colorado, where, along with 14 other US states, they will vote on Tuesday, March 5, on what is known as Super Tuesday.

Trump’s team waited breathlessly for the verdict as the justices accepted the former president’s appeal of the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to ban him for his alleged role in the former US president’s attack on Capitol Hill under the 14th Amendment, which bars officials involved in rebellion against the Constitution from holding public office.

Individual states do not have the right to remove a presidential candidate under the 14th Amendment, the “insurrection clause” of the Constitution. Only the US Congress has such authority. That was the motivation behind the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Trump’s eligibility in Colorado, without, however, getting into the heart of the question of whether he had engaged in rebellion against the Constitution.

Trump’s lawyers said “the ruling would also set a precedent for all other appeals pending in other states.”

And Trump, encouraged by the long-awaited decision in his favor, said he expects “really big numbers” from the vote on Super Tuesday. In a post on his Truth social media site, Trump disparaged Haley’s first and likely last victory in the Republican primary: “I purposely stayed away from the D.C. Vote because it is the ‘Swamp,’ with very few delegates, and no upside. Birdbrain spent all of her time, money and effort there.”