Former President Donald Trump has scored another significant victory after a judge in Colorado ruled that the former president can remain on the state’s 2024 presidential election ballot.
Judge Sarah Wallace on Friday ruled against a left-wing case that sought to kick Trump off the Colorado ballot.

Wallace, in a 02-page ruling, said the former president is not an officer of the United States disqualified from holding office under section three of the 14th Amendment.

The judge also found that, contrary to the plaintiff’s claims, the former president did engage in an insurrection. The judge also noted that Section Three of the 14th Amendment deals with the oath to support the country but Trump only took the Presidential oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution.
“While the Court agrees that there are persuasive arguments on both sides, the Court holds that the absence of the President from the list of positions to which the Amendment applies combined with the fact that Section Three specifies that the disqualifying oath is one to ‘support’ the Constitution whereas the Presidential oath is to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution, it appears to the Court that for whatever reason the drafters of Section Three did not intend to include a person who had only taken the Presidential Oath,” Wallace wrote.

The judge ruled that she was reluctant to rule against the former president without a clear and unmistakable indication that Section Three of the 14th Amendment was intended as such.
Judge Wallace’ ruling comes after a judge in Michigan gave a similar decision in President Trump’s favor. Left-wing nonprofit organization Free Speech for Free Peoples had brought a petition to the court, asking for Trump to be kicked off the 2024 presidential ballot. The group argued that Michigan Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has the power to take Trump’s name off the ballot.

However, Michigan Court of Claims Judge James Redford ruled that Benson has no such powers and that the state’s secretary lacked the authority to intervene in a primary election. The judges also found that Trump has followed all state laws to qualify for the ballot. Hence, the judge could not kick Trump off the ballot.