President Donald Trump held a press conference on the steps of his home, Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Florida, where he offered a response to Thursday morning’s oral arguments in the Colorado 14th Amendment case (Trump v. Anderson) at the U.S. Supreme Court.
He called the case “more election interference by the Democrats – that’s what they do.”
Trump added, “We have tremendous support from the people of our country.”
In Colorado, the state Supreme Court found that Trump was “disqualified” to appear on the 2024 ballot based on an argument from the 14th Amendment, Section 3 of the Constitution. On Thursday, the Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments from attorneys.
The 14th Amendment, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, states that someone who has committed “insurrection” or “rebellion” against the United States cannot serve as an officer of the U.S.
There has been much debate on whether this applies to a presidential candidate. In his opening arguments, Trump’s attorney in court argued that there were two reasons why Colorado’s decision to disqualify Trump from the ballot was wrong.
First, he said, “the president is not an officer of the United States,” which he continued, “refers only to appointed officials and does not encompass elected officials.”
He argued that “Section Three cannot be used to exclude a presidential candidate from the ballot.”
In remarks to the press, President Trump explained, “I hope that democracy in this country will continue, because right now we have a very, very tough situation with all of the radical left ideas, with the weaponization of politics…it’s totally illegal, but they do it anyway. And it has to stop.”
Trump noted that he was about to head out to Nevada on Thursday evening for the state’s caucus, in which he is expected to win by large margins, as he is the only notable candidate on the ballot.
As far as the U.S. Supreme Court case, he projected firm confidence in what the ultimate decision from the justices would be. “I’m a believer in our COUNTRY,” he said. “And I’m a believer in the Supreme Court and I thought our arguments were very, very strong.”