Democrats are now in panic mode after the Supreme Court strongly suggested that it would reject efforts to remove President Donald Trump from the ballot in 2024.
The skepticism of justices across the ideological spectrum has led to speculation that Trump could even win the case unanimously.
Liberals have argued that it is self-evident that Trump engaged in “insurrection” on January 6, 2021.
Democrats are using this false assertion to demand that Trump should be disqualified under an obscure clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In a narrow ruling last year, the Democrat justices on the Colorado Supreme Court decided that Trump is not eligible.
But the U.S. Supreme Court saw more complexity – and danger – in the matter during two hours of oral arguments Thursday.
President Trump has argued that removing him from the ballot would unleash “bedlam” and step on the rights of voters to make their own choices.
The Supreme Court echoed Trump’s concerns while questioning whether the Fourteenth Amendment was even intended to apply to former presidents like Trump.
“The thing that really is troubling to me … they were listing people that were barred, and ‘president’ is not there,” she said.
The justices also fretted about the consequences of letting individual states kick candidates off the ballot.
Elena Kagan, a liberal Obama judge, asked why “a single state should decide who gets to be president of the United States.”
Similarly, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts predicted that allowing states to disqualify candidates using their own interpretations of the term “insurrection” would result in political chaos.
“I would expect that a goodly number of states will say: ‘Whoever the Democratic candidate is, you’re off the ballot,’” Roberts said.
“That’s a pretty daunting consequence.
At the end of the two hours of oral arguments, it was clear that President Trump had had an excellent day in court.
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley described the reception of Colorado’s argument as “glacial.”
Turley noted that “some of the toughest and most skeptical questions came from the Left of the Court.”
Ed Whelan, a conservative lawyer and commentator, similarly predicted a thundering rebuke of the disqualification effort.
“Maybe unanimous,” he said.
“At least 8 justices.”