Liberal watchdog group files to keep Trump off Colorado ballot

September 8, 2023

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW), a Washington, D.C.-based liberal watchdog group, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to try to keep former President Donald Trump off the Colorado state ballot for president.

The group is citing the 14th Amendment, section three of which says public officials are not eligible to hold office if they “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the United States.

CREW claims that Trump did these things even though he did nothing of the sort. “It is necessary to defend our republic both today and in the future," CREW President Noah Bookbinder said.

“The people who are pursuing this absurd conspiracy theory and political attack on President Trump are stretching the law beyond recognition,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung told ABC News and added, “There is no legal basis for this effort except in the minds of those who are pushing it.”

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) seemed to think the lawsuit could have legitimacy, however.

“I look forward to the Colorado Court’s substantive resolution of the issues and am hopeful that this case will provide guidance to election officials on Trump’s eligibility as a candidate for office,” Griswold said in a statement.

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