President Biden said Wednesday that it was “evident” that former President Donald J. Trump had supported an insurrection on January 6, 2021, but that the courts would decide whether he should be on the ballot in 2024.
The president was responding to a reporter's question about Tuesday's Colorado Supreme Court decision that said Trump was disqualified from being on the 2024 ballot in the state's Republican primary because he was part of an insurrection.
“I'm not going to comment on it,” Biden said after landing in Milwaukee to deliver a speech to the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce.
And then he did it.
“It is obvious. You saw it all,” Biden said, adding that it would be up to the court to decide whether Trump violated the 14th Amendment, which says acts of insurrection can disqualify someone from office.
“But he certainly supported an insurrection,” Biden said. “No doubt about it. None. Zero.”
Biden generally avoids discussing Trump's legal guilt or any of the federal charges pending against him.
Trump has denied inciting the Jan. 6 riot. His campaign said he would appeal Tuesday's decision, which applies only to Colorado, to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the court could end up answering the question for all 50 states.
Trump has been the Republican favorite for the nomination for months, despite the long list of criminal charges he faces in multiple investigations.
On Wednesday, Trump called the accusations against him “political” and “false.”
The Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that could complicate and delay the election interference case against him in Washington.
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