BREAKING: Supreme Court restores Donald Trump to presidential ballot, rejecting state attempts to hold him accountable for attack on Capitol in 2021

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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that states cannot remove former President Donald Trump from their ballots based on charges he engaged in an uprising, effectively ending the debate over whether he may be a candidate for voters this year.

The court unanimously found that Colorado’s top court erred in removing Mr. Trump from the state’s GOP primary ballots.

A majority of the court went on to rule that only Congress has the authority to execute the Constitution’s insurrection provision through legislation. Given the absence of such a law, it appears that future federal court challenges are also barred.

“We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency,” the court said in its unsigned opinion.

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The justices said that allowing states to make their own decisions about who can appear on a presidential ballot would result in “chaos,” with no end to the mischief that some states might engage in.

“The disruption would be all the more acute — and could nullify the votes of millions and change the election result — if Section 3 enforcement were attempted after the Nation has voted. Nothing in the Constitution requires that we endure such chaos — arriving at any time or different times, up to and perhaps beyond the Inauguration,” the justices said.

“Big win for America!!!” Mr. Trump said on social media.

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The three Democratic appointees on the court, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, agreed that Colorado erred. But they said their colleagues went too far in ruling only Congress can act.

“In doing so, the majority shuts the door on other potential means of federal enforcement. We cannot join an opinion that decides momentous and difficult issues unnecessarily, and we therefore concur only in the judgment,” they wrote.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Trump appointee, also said her colleagues could have been more circumspect.

“Particularly in this circumstance, writings on the Court should turn the national temperature down, not up,” wrote Justice Barrett. “For present purposes, our differences are far less important than our unanimity: All nine Justices agree on the outcome of this case. That is the message Americans should take home,” she wrote.

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The case sped through the courts, moving from a state trial court to Colorado’s high court to the U.S. Supreme Court in a matter of months.

The justices issued an order saying that while they were considering the case, Colorado had to keep Mr. Trump’s name on the ballot for Tuesday’s GOP primary. Early voting began last month so voters have already been casting ballots for Mr. Trump, even with the matter officially in doubt.

Mr. Trump’s access to the ballot is one of a wave of legal battles the former president is fighting.

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