Joe Biden Says There’s ‘No Question’ that Trump Supported Insurrection

Biden recently told reporters that he believed former President Trump had most definitely backed an insurrection and that he’d let the courts decide whether his predecessor would be knocked out of the running for president.

Court’s decision

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At the press trip in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Biden said, “It’s self-evident. You saw it all. Whether the 14th Amendment applies or not, we’ll let the court make that decision. But he certainly supported an insurrection. There’s no question about it. None. Zero. And he seems to be doubling down on it.”

Grounds for disqualification

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Biden’s remarks were prompted by a recent Colorado Supreme Court ruling, which disqualified Trump from running for office and barred him from appearing on the primary ballot in Colorado. The decision cited Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

A controversial ruling

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The Colorado court’s historic 4-3 ruling invokes the rarely used 14th Amendment of the Constitution. This amendment prohibits officials who have engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” from holding office.

Trump’s response

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The Trump campaign was quick to respond to the decision, saying, “The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court.”

Making history

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It’s the first time that the clause has ever been used to remove a presidential candidate from a state’s ballot, and Republicans are outraged. Many are using the ruling as a call to try to have Biden removed from the ballot in their states in retribution.

Calls for retribution

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Anthony Sabatini, a Florida Republican candidate for Congress and former state representative, was particularly angered by the decision. He shared to social media platform X, “Remove Biden from the Florida ballot now!”

All’s fair in love and war

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Speaking to Fox News, Lieutenant Governor of Texas Dan Patrick said, “Seeing what happened in Colorado makes me think—except we believe in democracy in Texas—maybe we should take Joe Biden off the ballot in Texas for allowing eight million people to cross the border since he’s been president disrupting our state.”

Moving on

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Despite the outrage, the state of Maine was swift to follow in Colorado’s footsteps. Shenna Bellows, Maine’s secretary of state, removed Trump from the ballot just days after Colorado’s decision, also citing section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

Swift appeals

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Trump has since appealed the decision, requesting that a superior court reverse his removal. His legal team argues that Bellows didn’t have the authority to make the ruling and that the former president had no chance to present a defense.

More to come

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It’s expected that more states will follow in the decision to remove Trump from their ballots. It’s also likely that the US Supreme Court, facing mounting pressure, will take up the issue and rule on the state’s application of the 14th Amendment.

Onward and upward

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Despite Biden’s comments and Trump’s legal challenges, which include four indictments, the former president is still performing well and holding a steady lead in GOP primary polls, also topping Biden in multiple general election polls.

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