Justice Alito Skewers Colorado Attorney In Trump Ballot Case

Thursday was not a good day for Colorado leftists arguing for their own brand of election interference before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Samuel Alito went so far as to correlate former President Donald Trump’s removal from the state ballot to an issue for President Joe Biden.

Bearing the brunt of the justice’s ire was Colorado attorney Jason Murray.

He attempted to justify removing Trump from the ballot based on Section Three of the 14th Amendment. This did not go well as Alito wondered aloud how applying the law to the candidate could set the stage for states to accuse presidents of giving “aid or comfort” to the nation’s enemies.

Alito asked to consider if the U.S. president for diplomatic reasons “thinks that it is in the best interests of the United States to provide funds or release funds so that they can be used for that country.” Would that mean the chief executive rendered “aid or comfort?”

His obvious inference was to Iran, which threatens the U.S. on an almost daily basis.

Despite repeated threats by Tehran and likely involvement with the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attacks on Israel, the Biden White House released $6 billion in frozen assets to the Islamic Republic.

Murray attempted to talk his way around this point but to no avail. The attorney cited claims that “aid and comfort really only applies in the context of a declared war or at least an adversarial relationship where there is in fact a war.”

Anyone who denies there is an “adversarial relationship” between the U.S. and Iran is deliberately lying or criminally blind to the truth.

Alito further noted during oral arguments that stripping Trump from the Colorado ballot was a “quite severe” action.

The justice questioned Trump’s attorney Jonathan Mitchell on whether Colorado was setting a legal precedent for other states. The lawyer replied that there would be no precedent established.

Colorado and Maine blocked the former president from their ballots citing the insurrection clause. Other Democratic-controlled states are attempting to follow suit, effectively running interference for embattled President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.

Meanwhile, Trump has not been charged, much less convicted, on insurrection charges.

Justices appeared to lean toward ruling that the 14th Amendment does not apply to the former president. It was enacted in the 19th century to keep former Confederates from holding national office after the Civil War.