Today the Supreme Court will hear the arguments from the State of Colorado’s ruling that Trump is disqualified from the primary ballot.
The court will be weighing arguments over whether Trump is disqualified from reclaiming the White House because of his efforts to undo his loss in the 2020 election, ending with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The case marks the first time the justices will be considering a constitutional provision that was adopted after the Civil War to prevent former officeholders who “engaged in insurrection” from holding office again.
It sets up precisely the kind of case that the court likes to avoid, one in which it is the final arbiter of a political dispute.
And the stakes are this: will we still have a functioning democracy or yield to political screeching and make way for a dictator?