Commentary Continues On Colorado Decision
The future of former President Donald Trump’s political career is once again in question after a recent decision by four Democrat-appointed judges on the Colorado Supreme Court. In a controversial move, the judges unilaterally barred Trump from appearing on the state’s 2024 primary ballot, effectively preventing voters from choosing him as their candidate for the next presidential election.
The decision, which was made on Tuesday, came after the judges cited the partisan January 6 Committee’s finding that Trump had engaged in insurrection during his time in office. This conclusion, however, has been widely disputed, as the Senate acquitted Trump of the charges brought against him by the House. Additionally, Trump himself has continuously denied any wrongdoing.
Of the four judges who voted in favor of barring Trump from the ballot, three were appointed by former Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and one was appointed by former Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., also a Democrat. This has raised questions about the impartiality of the decision, as all four judges are known to have liberal leanings.
Meet the TRAITOR “Judges” on the CO Supreme Court who just BARRED President Trump from the 2024 ballot:
Richard L. Gabriel,
Monica M. Márquez
William W. Hood, III
In Congress, I’ll fight to IMPEACH these traitors & hold them accountable for ELECTION INTERFERENCE! pic.twitter.com/FcbAG480Xt
— Trent Leisy (@realTrentLeisy) December 20, 2023
One of the judges, Monica M. Márquez, holds the distinction of being the first openly gay person to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court. Melissa Hart, another judge who voted in favor of barring Trump, was previously a trial attorney at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. William W. Hood, III, who also voted in favor, was a litigation partner in Denver before being appointed to the Court. Finally, Richard L. Gabriel, the fourth and final judge to vote in favor, was accused of harassment by a female law clerk earlier this year.
Meanwhile, in a separate case in Maine, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows has announced that she will make a decision on Trump’s eligibility for the state’s primary ballot this week. Unlike in Colorado, where the decision was made solely by judges, the hearing in Maine was presided over by Bellows. While some secretaries of state in other states have deferred to the courts in similar cases, Bellows has taken on the responsibility personally.
As the decision in Maine looms, tensions are running high as Trump’s supporters and detractors both eagerly await the outcome. It remains to be seen whether the decision will have any impact on Trump’s future political plans. In the meantime, his eligibility on the primary ballot in Colorado has been effectively blocked, further fueling speculation about his potential return to politics in the near future.