Media Says Colorado Ruling Was a ‘Foolish’ Gift for Trump

By Jerry McConway, updated on December 22, 2023

The week's biggest story was the Colorado Supreme Court ruling that barred Donald Trump from the ballot.

Trump has feasted on controversy during this election, and now mainstream media outlets are worried that the Colorado Supreme Court played right into his hands.

Talking Points…

  • The Colorado Supreme Court bars Trump from the ballot
  • Media reaction
  • Analysis

The Colorado Supreme Court Ruling

The ruling from the court came down earlier this week, disqualifying Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot. In the ruling, the court stated:

"A majority of the court holds that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

"We do not reach these conclusions lightly. We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach."

This was a 4-3 ruling, with each dissenting justice releasing their own scathing opinion in the ruling.

Media Reaction

The general consensus is that this decision has no chance of standing up against a Supreme Court review, with which I agree. As much as the mainstream media hates Donald Trump, they are now worried this ruling will only boost the support for Trump. For instance, L.A. Times columnist Mark Barabak wrote:

"Colorado decision striking Trump from ballot is a boost, not a setback, for his campaign."

He goes on to say that the "perceived assault" against Trump will make him "more sympathetic" to the GOP base and drive more people to support him.

University of Pennsylvania political science senior lecturer Damon Linker also commented in a column on CNN, believing the only way that Democrats can truly put Trump down is in the political arena, calling the idea of activating the 14th Amendment to keep Trump out of office "an illusion."

NBC News reporters Jonathan Allen, Katherine Doyle, and Dasha Burns took the same approach, blasting the decision in a joint column, writing:

"Trump is reaping immediate political rewards. Shortly after the decision was handed down, he sent out a fundraising pitch."

Analysis

I have been watching the reaction from Democrat strategists, and the comments from all of them are about the same. They all believe this decision was a "gift" for Trump, and in the case of former Obama adviser David Axelrod, he said this would serve as "battery packs" for Trump's campaign.

I don't have much to say about this because I agree with them all. Trump defied the odds by growing his support after the indictments, as the party is rallying behind him rather than avoiding him, which is what I thought would happen. At this point, the only thing stopping him would be an actual guilty verdict in a felony conviction, where his polling numbers collapse.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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