McConnell joins 179 Congress members in brief supporting Trump on ballot

By Jen Krausz on
 January 19, 2024

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signed onto an amicus brief with 179 members of Congress on Thursday in support of former President Donald Trump being allowed to stay on the ballot in Colorado, even though he has been known to clash with Trump.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) led the group in filing the brief.

While many who supported the brief are Trump supporters, others like McConnell realize that the case really isn't about Trump, it's about what happens to our democratic government and elections if officials can just take people off the ballot for an unsubstantiated reason.

The Colorado Supreme Court made a decision to remove Trump from the ballot by deciding on their own that he had participated in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, even though he has not been convicted or even accused of doing so in any indictment or legal proceeding. The 14th Amendment says in part that participating in an insurrection disqualifies a person from holding public office.

It's not the Colorado Supreme Court or any other court or official's place to decide that Trump is guilty of insurrection and needs to be taken off the ballot.

McConnell recognizes that if this is allowed to be done to Trump, it will never end on either side of the aisle. It needs to stop now, and the Supreme Court needs to be the entity to stop it -- unanimously, if at all possible.