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Nearly 180 Members of Congress Sign Supreme Court Brief To Keep Trump on Ballot


This is incredible news for President Trump.

Led by Sen. Ted Cruz and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, 179 total members of Congress from the House and Senate alike have banded together to sign a Supreme Court brief in support of Trump to keep his name on the 2024 ballot.

Check it out:

The amicus brief challenges the argument that Trump violated the 14th amendment, which bars figures who led an ‘insurrection’ from holding public office.

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It’s great to see the GOP standing up for Trump!

Here’s what some members of Congress who signed the brief are saying about it on X:

Fox News has more to say on why Republican lawmakers signed the Supreme Court brief:

Republican House and Senate leaders filed an amicus brief in support of former President Donald Trump’s case against the Colorado Supreme Court for removing him from the state’s 2024 ballot. More than 170 lawmakers signed the brief.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., filed the brief on Thursday, arguing the court’s decision “encroaches” on Congress’ powers and that Congress must pass authorizing legislation to enforce the 14th Amendment, which the Colorado Supreme Court cited as the basis for removing Trump.

“The radical left consistently does what they claim their opponents are doing. While President Biden and his allies claim they are defending democracy, their supporters are working to undermine democracy by banning Biden’s likely general election opponent from appearing on the ballot,” Cruz said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “The American people see through this, and I’m confident the Supreme Court will as well.”

Scalise said in a statement that the Colorado court is “setting a dangerous precedent” and “subverting the will of the American people.”

“Not only does the Colorado Supreme Court have no authority to remove President Trump from the ballot in the 2024 presidential election, but the broad and ill-defined justifications they use can easily be abused in the future to block political opponents from assuming office,” he said.

The Washington Post also reported:

Nearly 180 congressional Republicans signed on to an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Donald Trump’s legal battle to remain on the primary election ballot in Colorado. The long list of signatories to the brief includes someone who has largely steered clear of the 2024 race and who previously said the former president is responsible for provoking the 2021 insurrection: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hold oral arguments on Feb. 8 in a case to decide whether Trump, the front-runner in the 2024 GOP presidential primary race, can appear on the ballot. Colorado’s state Supreme Court disqualified Trump from the ballot last month, finding that he engaged in an insurrection before and during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The decision marked the first time a court has ruled to keep a presidential candidate off the ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution — a post-Civil War provision that bars insurrectionists from holding office.

The friend-of-the-court brief, which was filed on Thursday, argues that the Supreme Court should reverse the Colorado decision, saying the lower-court opinion “tramples the prerogatives of members of Congress.”

“The court below raced past numerous textual and structural limitations on Section 3, which are primarily designed to ensure that Congress controls the enforcement and (if necessary) removal of Section 3’s ‘disability’ on holding office,” the brief states. The signatories also argue that Colorado’s court “adopted a malleable and expansive view of ‘engage in insurrection,’ which will easily lead to widespread abuse of Section 3 against political opponents.”

The brief does not weigh in on whether the events of Jan. 6 were an “insurrection” — a term that’s central to Colorado’s court decision.

Led by Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (La.), a total of 179 Republican members of Congress signed on to the brief. The list of signatories does not include several moderate Republicans, nor does it include any of the House Republicans who hold seats won by Joe Biden in 2020.



 

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