Story by Gemma Iso  

A Colorado judge has determined that former President Donald Trump did engage in “insurrection” on January 6th, yet the ruling qualifies him for the 2024 ballot under the protective umbrella of the 14th Amendment.

This legal saga has been closely watched by political pundits and citizens alike, with MSNBC‘s Brian Tyler Cohen weighing in on the urgency of a swift resolution. However, Cohen offers a compelling argument as to why voters should not leave this crucial issue solely in the hands of the justices.

The Ruling and the 14th Amendment

The Colorado judge’s decision to allow Trump’s candidacy despite acknowledging his involvement in the events of January 6th has ignited a heated debate about the intersection of law, politics, and public sentiment. The 14th Amendment, designed to address issues of equal protection and due process, has become a focal point in this legal chess game.

Importance of public opinion

Brian Tyler Cohen warns against the temptation to passively leave the fate of Trump’s candidacy in the hands of the judicial system. He argues that voters must remain actively engaged in the democratic process, emphasizing the importance of public opinion in shaping the narrative around political accountability.

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Attempts to disqualify

The latest development deals another blow to the attempt to disqualify Trump. Previous attempts in Minnesota and Michigan courts to prevent his inclusion on the Republican primary ballot were unsuccessful. However, these courts have yet to come to a ruling regarding his eligibility for the November 2024 general election.

Citizens’ responsibility

The ultimate decision on Trump’s 2024 candidacy hangs in the balance. What is certain, however, is that the ramifications of this case extend far beyond an individual’s political future, sparking a broader conversation about the role of the judiciary and the responsibility of citizens in safeguarding the democratic principles that underpin the nation.


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