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Colorado Republicans Threaten to Recall Secretary of State After Trump’s Supreme Court Win

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Secretary of State, Jena Griswold and Representative Lauren Boebert
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Tensions have risen in Colorado’s political arena following former President Donald Trump’s victory in the Supreme Court. This time, the battle concerns the state’s Secretary of State, Jena Griswold. On Monday, four Colorado Republican officials, led by Representative Lauren Boebert, threatened to recall the Secretary of State. 

Their move came in response to Griswold’s attempt to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot. This move had been unanimously rejected (9-0) by the Supreme Court just hours before. The court upheld that the former president could not be stopped from appearing on the 2024 ballot.

In a letter, Representative Boebert accused Grisword of attempting to “disenfranchise millions of Coloradans” and called the effort to bar Trump from the ballot “a stain on our Republic and an outright embarrassment.” 

“With today’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to keep President Donald J. Trump on the Colorado primary ballot, it is now even more clear Coloradans should have zero faith in you to adequately protect their right to vote and oversee elections in the state of Colorado,” the letter states.

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The GOP officials accused Griswold of making “a selfish political decision to rig the primary election” against Trump. Bobert and her colleagues also charged her with declaring to consider “all legal options” for retaliation, “including a formal recall effort.” The letter was signed by Boebert, Colorado Republican Party Chairman Dave Williams, Vice Chair Hope Scheppelman, and Secretary Anna Ferguson.

On Monday, Griswold expressed her disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision favoring Trump. She had sought to prevent the 2024 GOP frontrunner from appearing on the state’s primary ballot. She cited her reason that Trump was an “oath-breaking insurrectionist” due to the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

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“My larger reaction is disappointment,” Griswold said on MSNBC. “I believe states should be able under our constitution to bar oath-breaking insurrectionists.” “Ultimately, this decision leaves open the door for Congress to act to pass authorizing legislation, but we know that Congress is a nearly non-functioning body,” she added. “So ultimately, it will be up to the American voters to save our democracy in November.”

The Colorado Supreme Court initially excluded Trump from the ballot in December, citing Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. The section prohibits former government officials from holding office again if they willingly “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S. government. 

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However, the nine justices of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that enforcing Article 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office again, falls within the purview of Congress, not the states.

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“We conclude that States may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office. But States have no power under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 concerning federal offices, especially the Presidency,” the court wrote.

In exclusive comments to Fox News Digital, Trump described the high court’s decision as “both unifying and inspirational. “Today’s decision, especially the fact that it was unanimous, 9-0, is both unifying and inspirational for the people of the United States of America,” Trump stated.

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