(DCWatchdog.com) – In a significant development, members of the GOP in the United States Senate have rallied in support of former President Donald Trump to aid him in his times of hardship ahead of the 2024 election.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), along with numerous other Senate Republicans, decided to lend Trump a hand as they contributed to a legal brief favoring his inclusion on the Colorado ballot as the case is before the United States Supreme Court.
This move signifies a crucial alignment within the Republican ranks, particularly noting McConnell’s past differences with Trump, showcasing a unified front on this constitutional matter.
The legal brief, spearheaded by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), has garnered substantial backing, with 177 members of Congress, including McConnell and over 40 Senate Republicans, underscoring their stance against the decision made by the Colorado Supreme Court last month.
The court’s ruling to remove Trump from the ballot, based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, is seen by these Republican lawmakers as an overreach that undermines the powers and prerogatives of Congress.
The argument presented in the brief is robust, pointing out that the lower court overlooked several textual and structural limitations inherent in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This section, as the brief suggests, was designed to ensure Congressional authority over the enforcement and potential removal of any ‘disability’ on holding office. The brief eloquently argues for the preservation of this Congressional prerogative.
In a press release, Scalise vehemently criticized the Colorado Supreme Court’s action, viewing it as an unauthorized and dangerous precedent that threatens to subvert the will of the American electorate. His words reflect a deep commitment to protecting the choice of the people and upholding constitutional values, a sentiment echoed by many in the Republican party.
This latest brief follows other supportive submissions from key Republican entities like the Republican National Committee (RNC), the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), all of which earlier this month voiced their support for Trump’s challenge. These briefs collectively express skepticism toward the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision, with the RNC and NRCC brief specifically criticizing it as “historically implausible” and admonishing other states for considering similar actions.
The NRCC and RNC brief poignantly remarked on the Colorado Supreme Court being the first to “take the bait,” implying that the court missed an opportunity to uphold a more constitutionally aligned approach.