Today’s high-stakes hearing: The Supreme Court appears poised to back former President Donald Trump and fend off a blockbuster challenge to his eligibility to appear on Colorado’s 2024 ballot, a move that would extract the justices from one of the most politically fraught appeals in the court’s history.
What the justices said: The justices’ questions suggested they may support putting Trump back on the ballot as they expressed skepticism of Colorado’s arguments. Chief Justice John Roberts, a key vote to watch, said the arguments are “at war” with the thrust of the 14th Amendment. Liberal Justice Elena Kagan questioned the implications of a single state banning a candidate in a presidential election.
What’s at stake: The high court’s decision could have major ramifications in other states with pending litigation to remove Trump from their 2024 ballots. If the court rules to keep Trump off the ballot before Colorado’s March 5 primary, the state has said votes for him would not count.
Trump juggles legal battles and campaign: Thisis only one of the many legal cases Trump faces as he campaigns for another term. Ahead of flying to Nevada for the GOP caucuses, Trump slammed the Colorado case in remarks from Florida.