Colorado's Secretary of State Jena Griswold criticized a judge's ruling that allowed Donald Trump to remain on the state's 2024 primary ballot, despite acknowledging his involvement in the Capitol insurrection. Griswold referred to the ruling as a "get-out-of-jail-free card" during an interview on MSNBC. The ruling, issued by District Judge Sarah B. Wallace, stated that while Trump engaged in an insurrection, the 14th Amendment does not specifically disqualify him from running for president.
Trump's attorney, Scott Gessler, expressed satisfaction with the outcome and commended the judge for respecting the role of voters in deciding the presidential race. The lawsuit, brought forth by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and other individuals, argued for Trump's removal from Colorado's ballot.
While the recent rulings in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, and New Hampshire have rejected the efforts to disqualify Trump from future primaries, experts suggest that the fight over the 14th Amendment is far from over. The basis of Judge Wallace's ruling, particularly her finding that Trump engaged in insurrection through incitement, is likely to be debated and appealed at higher courts.
The controversy surrounding Trump's eligibility for future elections continues to stoke debates over the interpretation of the 14th Amendment and the implications of his involvement in the Capitol insurrection.