Unprecedented Threats Against Colorado Judges Following Trump Ballot Ruling
Surprisingly, judges in Colorado who disallowed Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot are now being threatened, which has increased police presence near their residences. Denver Police are aggressively looking into the matter as the consequences of the contentious judgment play out, working with the FBI in the process.
Based on a constitutional provision that bars candidates involved in rebellion from running for office, the Colorado Supreme Court narrowly decided 4–3 last week to rule that Trump was not allowed to run for president. This provision, which may be found in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, was put into place to stop Confederate secessionists from gaining power following the Civil War.
The Colorado court’s majority found that Trump had committed acts of insurrection during the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Trump and his team responded by denouncing the ruling as “deeply flawed” and announcing that they will file an appeal with the US Supreme Court.
Following the decision, there was a spike in online threats directed at the judges, with their addresses and phone numbers being made public on a number of websites. Nonpartisan research group Advance Democracy documented explicit demands for violence on websites like Truth Social, Telegram, X (previously Twitter), and fringe platforms, including hanging and shooting judges.
In a statement, Denver Police promised to look into any claims of harassment or threats in great detail. They declined to provide precise information, though, because of lingering questions and privacy issues.
Daniel J. Jones, president of Advance Democracy, raised alarm over the normalization of violent speech and asked law enforcement to take preventative action. He observed a concerning pattern of serious threats directed towards the Colorado justices and others connected to the Supreme Court decision.
Claims that the extreme rhetoric was a “trap” or “false flag” meant to incite law-abiding Trump supporters to violence were made amid pleas for nonviolent protests. Still, the threats highlight how divisive and unstable the current political environment is.
A combination of anti-Trump Republican and independent voters, along with a leftist watchdog group, launched the case against Trump in Colorado. Given that Trump has until January 4 to file an appeal of the decision, legal experts predict a fierce trial before the conservative-leaning US Supreme Court.
Republicans who support Trump have gathered around him as the situation develops, but Democrats are worried that the court decision will strengthen his claim that the legal system is unfairly targeting him. Trump has addressed several legal claims against him and harshly criticized the Colorado ruling on his social media platform, Truth Social. The legal dispute may lead to more changes, thus the situation is still unstable.