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Rep. Byron Donalds: SCOTUS Ruling on Trump ‘Monumental’

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Monday to uphold former President Donald Trump’s eligibility on state presidential primary ballots.

During an interview on Newsmax’s “American Agenda,” the Florida Republican said the ruling sends a message to “radical” Democrats about “using the legal system for political ends.”

“This is a monumental decision. The right decision by the Supreme Court. The tragic thing is that it didn’t need to even be this way,” Donalds said.

Donalds praised the ruling, saying, “What we’re dealing with are elements in the Democrat Party who are very, very radical. They don’t have the country’s best interests at heart. And the wonderful thing is that the Supreme Court [decision] was unanimous.”

“You did not have an ideological split on the court. You had a unanimous ruling from the court that the states cannot decide to go against the Constitution when it comes to eligibility for the highest office in the land,” he added.

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“This is a wonderful decision for America, a landmark decision for America and, hopefully, it’s a signal to those radical elements in the Democrat Party who are using the legal system for political ends. They should stop right now. The country does not deserve that. Let the people decide who’s going to be the 47th president of the United States,” Donalds concluded.

The Colorado Supreme Court had ruled back in December that Trump could not compete in the state’s primary due to his alleged involvement in the events of January 6, 2021.

However, the Supreme Court overturned this in a 9-0 decision.

The Colorado court invoked Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which bars persons who, after taking an oath to support the Constitution, engage in insurrection against it from holding public office. Trump has never faced insurrectionary charges and disavows any accountability for what happened on January 6.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that: “States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency.”

“Conflicting state outcomes concerning the same candidate could result not just from differing views of the merits, but from variations in state law governing the proceedings that are necessary to make Section 3 disqualification determinations,” the opinion states.

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“The result could well be that a single candidate would be declared ineligible in some States, but not others, based on the same conduct (and perhaps even the same factual record). The ‘patchwork’ that would likely result from state enforcement would ‘sever the direct link that the Framers found so critical between the National Government and the people of the United States’ as a whole,” the opinion says.

“An evolving electoral map could dramatically change the behavior of voters, parties, and States across the country, in different ways and at different times. The disruption would be all the more acute — and could nullify the votes of millions and change the election result — if Section 3 enforcement were attempted after the Nation has voted,” the opinion added.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett, in a concurring opinion, wrote, “The Court has settled a politically charged issue in the volatile season of a Presidential election.”

“Particularly in this circumstance, writings on the Court should turn the national temperature down, not up. For present purposes, our differences are far less important than our unanimity: All nine Justices agree on the outcome of this case. That is the message Americans should take home,” she said.

Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold issued a statement Monday on the Supreme Court’s opinion, saying, “The United States Supreme Court has ruled that states do not have the authority to enforce Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for federal candidates.”

“In accordance with this decision, Donald Trump is an eligible candidate on Colorado’s 2024 Presidential Primary,” she said.

Trump reacted to the ruling in a post on Truth Social, saying, “BIG WIN FOR AMERICA!!!”

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