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CO Secretary of State criticizes the Trump decision: ‘A get-out-of-jail-free card for insurrection’

by Jessica

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold expressed criticism of a recent court decision permitting former President Donald Trump to remain on the ballot in Colorado, stating that it essentially transforms the presidency into a “get-out-of-jail-free card for insurrection.”

In an MSNBC interview on Saturday, Griswold, deeply concerned about the state of democracy, found the ruling troubling.

She emphasized the importance of the president, as the individual primarily responsible for safeguarding the Constitution, having a duty to do so.

Colorado District Court Judge Sarah B. Wallace ruled against a lawsuit seeking to block Trump from the ballot on Friday. Despite acknowledging Trump’s involvement in the January 6, 2021, insurrection, she pointed out that the 14th Amendment cited in the suit, which bars those participating in insurrection or supporting it from serving in government, does not explicitly mention presidents.

The 14th Amendment, added to the Constitution after the Civil War, aims to prevent politicians engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the US or providing aid and comfort to those attempting to overthrow the US from holding office again.

It specifically mentions representatives, senators, vice presidents, presidential electors, and anyone holding “any office, civil or military, under the United States,” who previously took an oath of office.

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