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Trump Warns Of 'Big Trouble' If Supreme Court Rules Against Ballot Access

•, by Jack Phillips

The nation's high court on Jan. 5 agreed to hear a case that stemmed from the Colorado Supreme Court's earlier ruling that barred President Trump from appearing on the ballot in the state. The judges wrote that he should be blocked due to their interpretation of the Constitution's 14th Amendment's Section 3, which prohibits candidates who engaged in an "insurrection or rebellion" from running for office.

During a rally on Jan. 5, the former president told a rally in Iowa that he hopes "we get fair treatment because if we don't, our country's in big, big trouble. Does everybody understand what I'm saying?"

In their appeal to the high court, his lawyers argued that Colorado's voters have been disenfranchised under the state Supreme Court's ruling in December.

"The Colorado Supreme Court decision would unconstitutionally disenfranchise millions of voters in Colorado and likely be used as a template to disenfranchise tens of millions of voters nationwide," the lawyers wrote in their appeal.

Aside from Colorado, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows unilaterally ruled to block the former president from the ballot, prompting an appeal to the Supreme Court. And like in Colorado, Ms. Bellows argued that he should be barred from appearing on primary and general election ballots because of the 14th Amendment's clause.

The appeal to the Supreme Court came one day after the president's legal team filed an appeal against the ruling from Ms. Bellows that Trump was ineligible to appear on that state's ballot over his role in the Capitol breach. Both the Colorado Supreme Court and the Maine secretary of state's rulings are on hold until the appeals play out.