Former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday said he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the state’s ballot.
The Colorado Court ruled that the former president engaged in an insurrection during the January 6 protest. The court ruled that Trump violated the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” and is ineligible to be on the state’s ballot.
I spoke with @kaitlancollins last night about Colorado's Supreme Court decision being misguided and misplaced. The idea that 50 different state courts can decide a question involving the highest elected office is implausible and any question regarding the 14th amendment will… pic.twitter.com/kX6yvgDXNI
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) December 20, 2023
Bolton, who was Trump’s National Security Adviser, said the ruling was completely misplaced and incoherent. The former Trump administration official predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn the decision.
I think it’s completely misplaced. I think this Colorado Supreme Court decision is badly wrong for multiple reasons,” Bolton told CNN host Kaitlan Collins. “Number one, the 14th Amendment provides that Congress can pass legislation to carry its provisions into effect, which Congress has done on many aspects. It has not put anything with respect to Section Three on the books since just after the Civil War. Second, the idea that 50 different state courts can decide a question involving the highest elective office in the executive branch, interpreting the federal Constitution as to what constitutes an insurrection against the federal government, is incoherent. And I think, undoubtedly, the Supreme Court is going to have to clear that up.”
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— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) December 20, 2023
Bolton, who is now a Trump critic after both men fell out in the final days as National Security Adviser, argued that the framers of the 14th Amendment’s insurrectionist clause made the rule to deal with elected officials who took arms against the U.S. during the civil war. Bolton maintains that the Republicans did not frame the law only to leave its application in the hands of the states where those secessionists may be residing.
“So I’d be willing to bet a small amount of money here that the Supreme Court, if it gets to the merits of this, if it has to, will reverse,” Bolton added. “There’s no other logical way you can apply this. And it would sow chaos in elections as far as the eye could see.”