Center for American Progress Action

RELEASE: Supreme Court Should Find That Donald Trump Is Disqualified From Holding Future Public Office
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RELEASE: Supreme Court Should Find That Donald Trump Is Disqualified From Holding Future Public Office

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in one of the most important constitutional cases in U.S. history next week when it considers whether Donald Trump violated the 14th Amendment’s Insurrection Clause.

A new analysis from the Center for American Progress Action Fund argues that Trump’s key role in the January 6 insurrection—which was a culmination of a multipronged strategy to overturn the presidential election—should disqualify him from holding future public office under the Constitution.

“If the Supreme Court reverses the Colorado case, its decision could set a dangerous precedent and potentially lead to future political violence and even another democracy-defying insurrection,” said Devon Ombres, senior director for Courts and Legal Policy at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

In a strong and enduring democracy, no one can be above the law, not even a former president. The Colorado Supreme Court majority opinion presents a compelling roadmap on how to correctly decide the most important issues, including establishing the scope of Trump’s involvement, the application of the 14th Amendment to presidents, and the question of Trump’s free speech rights.

For the good of democracy and our system of free and fair elections, the analysis urges the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against Trump’s appeal and affirm the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision.

Read the analysis: “Supreme Court Should Find that Donald Trump is Disqualified from Holding Future Public Office,” by Michael Sozan and Devon Ombres

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org.

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