District Judge Issues Complicated Ruling: Trump Can’t Be Barred by 14th Amendment From Colorado Ballot – By Becca Lower (Red State) / Nov 17, 2023
There’s a new decision among the cases making their way through the nation’s judicial system that seek to bar former President Donald Trump from 2024 presidential ballots by using section three of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution — but it’s complicated. So bear with me.
Let’s start with the basics of what Colorado District Judge Sarah B. Wallace wrote in her ruling: First, she rejected the plaintiffs’ argument that the 14th Amendment was intended to be read as the President of the United States is ““an officer of the United States.” Judge Wallace decided that by finding that “Section 3 did not include the presidential oath in that category.”
The clause does not explicitly name the presidency, so that question hinged on whether the president was included in the category “officer of the United States.”