According to a report by Newsmax on Saturday, January 6, 2024, former President Donald Trump is warning there will be “big trouble” for the United States if the Supreme Court doesn’t treat him fairly and rule that he’s eligible for the 2024 presidential primary ballots.
The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear Trump’s case challenging the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar him from the state’s primary ballot due to his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
Trump, who has not formally announced his candidacy for 2024 but has hinted at running again, denounced the Colorado ruling as a “political witch hunt” and a “disgrace to our country.”
He also accused the Democrats of trying to intimidate the Supreme Court justices, three of whom he appointed during his presidency, into ruling against him.
“They’re saying, ‘Oh, Trump owns the Supreme Court; he owns it. He owns it. If they decide for him, it will be terrible. It’ll ruin their reputations,'” Trump said during a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, on Friday, reported The Hill. “‘He owns the Supreme Court. He put on three judges. He owns the Supreme Court. If they rule in his favor, it will be horrible for them. And we’ll protest at their houses.'”
Trump claimed that such pressure is pushing “people to do the wrong thing,” and compared the Democrats to the late basketball coach Bobby Knight, who was known for his fiery arguments with referees.
“I just hope we get fair treatment,” Trump said. “Because if we don’t, our country’s in big, big trouble. Does everybody understand what I’m saying?”
Trump’s case is one of several legal challenges he faces over his eligibility for the 2024 election.
Several states, including New York, California, and Vermont, have passed laws requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot, a move that Trump has resisted.
Other states, such as Georgia and Arizona, have launched investigations into Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in their jurisdictions.
Trump remains defiant and confident that he will prevail in the courts and in the polls. He has continued to hold rallies and events across the country, especially in key states that will hold early primaries and caucuses.
He remains in Iowa on Saturday, where he plans to be in Newton, in the central part of the state, before heading to Clinton for a rally later in the day.
Friday, he held a pair of commit-to-caucus events in Iowa, one in the far northwestern corner of the state on the border with South Dakota and one in north-central Mason City.
Trump has also maintained his grip on the Republican Party, with most of his allies and supporters endorsing his potential run and echoing his baseless claims of election fraud.