Former President Trump is fundraising off the 14th Amendment case unfolding in Colorado to keep him off the ballot based on claims that he is disqualified under the amendment.
A fundraising email sent by Trump’s campaign Tuesday highlighted the case brought by a number of citizens and advocacy groups who allege that the former president is disqualified from appearing on the ballot under the 14th Amendment.
“It will be our campaign’s FINAL close of books before our campaign attorney appears before a State Supreme Court as Soros-funded Democrats make a serious attempt to remove my name from the 2024 ballot,” reads the email, signed by Trump.
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“These left-wing radicals failed to beat us in a district court. Now, they’re appealing to a State Supreme Court. This showdown may very well end up at the U.S. Supreme Court,” it added.
The plaintiffs claimed that the former president’s actions related to the attacks on the Capitol on Jan. 6 were in violation of the amendment, which states that those who engage in acts of insurrection are no longer eligible to run for elected offices.
A Colorado district judge ruled earlier this month that while Trump “incited” the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6 he can remain on the Colorado ballot. The judge ruled that the law’s wording does not apply specifically to the office of the president.
Both Trump and the group of plaintiffs appealed the ruling, which is now slated to be taken up by the Colorado Supreme Court. Trump’s lawyers said while they agreed with the part of the ruling that allowed the former president to remain on the ballot, they have issues with other parts of the ruling.
“But the district court nonetheless made legal and factual findings wholly unsupported in the law, and these errors demand review – especially if the Petitioners in this matter also seek review of the sole dispositive issue upon which President Trump prevailed,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in the appeal to the state Supreme Court.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the individuals, asked the state supreme court to rule that the amendment does apply to the presidency.
The Trump campaign emphasized in its email that Democrats were “attempting to steal” its supporters’ rights to vote.
“They want to take away my freedom, because I will never let them take away yours,” Trump said in the email. “They want to take away my rights, because I will never let them take away your God-given rights.”
“Now, we must look forward to our next battle to peacefully defend YOUR rights – the December 6th State Supreme Court hearing in which Communist Democrats are trying to disenfranchise the majority of the American electorate,” the email continued.