During most of the 2023 primary season, Republicans were quiet about who they supported. Some donors were waiting to see if anyone could actually rival Trump. Turns out, nobody could.
The Iowa caucuses ended with a major victory for Donald Trump. He made history with his percentage of the vote.
Now, it looks like the party is finally coming around to back the former president. A large group of Republican lawmakers from Capitol Hill signed a document regarding one of Trump’s battles. And they are making a bold demand.
From The Post Millennial:
177 GOP members of Congress have signed onto an amicus brief in support of Donald Trump as the Colorado case to keep him off the ballot will be argued before the Supreme Court in February.
Among the names are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Mike Johnson, and Majority Whip Tom Emmer.
The brief argues that the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling, which took Trump off the ballot in the state under the 14th Amendment, had a view of the amendment that is ”too expansive” and “encroaches” on congressional authority, according to The Messenger.
One hundred and seventy-seven Republicans in Congress signed an amicus brief supporting Trump’s battle to remain on state ballots. The fight over a Colorado Supreme Court decision to strike him off the ballot has been taken to the U.S. Supreme Court.
These Republican lawmakers, including formerly anti-Trump figures like Mitch McConnell, are challenging the state’s ruling against him. In this brief, they argue that the Colorado Supreme Court has encroached on the authority of Congress.
The document asserts that a state cannot “de-ballot” a candidate apart from a decision from Congress. The liberal-leaning court removed Trump, accusing him of being ineligible under the 14th Amendment.
However, Trump has not been convicted of any form of “insurrection,” despite what Democrats claim. And the amendment does not grant courts the power to remove a candidate. Republicans are arguing it would require an act of the Congress to properly remove someone from the ballot.
Many have accused Colorado’s Supreme Court—along with Maine’s Secretary of State—of undermining the nation’s democracy. Republicans are turning around an over-used accusation by Democrats, saying their party is the true threat to democracy.
- A large group of Republican lawmakers have signed an amicus brief defending Trump.
- The brief was filed over the Colorado decision to remove Trump from the ballot.
- One hundred and seventy-seven Republicans argued that Congress has the power to evoke the 14th Amendment, not a state.
Source: The Post Millennial