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Supreme Court Hands Trump Victory, Clears Path for Presidential Campaign

Former President Donald Trump received a significant boost in his bid to reclaim the presidency as the US Supreme Court delivered a major victory, overturning a decision that had excluded him from Colorado’s ballot due to his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack.

In a unanimous decision, the justices reversed a ruling by Colorado’s top court, which had barred Trump from the state’s Republican primary ballot under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. The amendment disqualifies individuals from holding public office if they engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.

Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, hailed the ruling as a “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!” on social media, signaling his readiness to re-enter the political arena.

The court’s opinion emphasized that only Congress has the authority to enforce the 14th Amendment against federal officeholders and candidates, thus invalidating Colorado’s attempt to disqualify Trump from the ballot.

The legal battle, initiated by a group of voters in Colorado, underscored the contentious debate over Trump’s role in the Capitol attack. While plaintiffs portrayed him as a threat to democracy, Trump’s supporters decried the disqualification drive as election interference.

The Supreme Court’s swift resolution of the ballot dispute contrasts with its handling of other legal matters involving Trump, such as his bid for immunity from criminal prosecution. The expedited timeline reflects the urgency of ensuring Trump’s candidacy in all 50 states ahead of Super Tuesday, a crucial juncture in the presidential primary cycle.

Trump’s lawyer argued that the president is not subject to disqualification under the 14th Amendment, emphasizing the distinction between federal officeholders and state officials. The court ultimately agreed, clearing the path for Trump’s participation in the upcoming election.

As the legal saga unfolds, with implications for the integrity of the electoral process and democratic norms, the Supreme Court’s role looms large in shaping the trajectory of the presidential race. With the 2024 election on the horizon, the nation watches closely as Trump’s campaign for redemption gains momentum amidst a polarized political landscape.

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