Colorado's secretary of state says she has received “hundreds if not thousands” of threats since a lawsuit was filed against Donald Trump challenging his eligibility to run in the state's 2024 presidential election.
“I have been concerned about the violence and threats of violence since Donald Trump incited the uprising,” Jenna Griswold said. The Huffington Post on Wednesday. “Within three weeks of his deposition, I received 64 death threats and over 900 non-lethal threats of abuse. After that I stopped counting.”
Ms. Griswold made the admission after justices on the Colorado Supreme Court issued a 4-3 majority ruling that the former president should be barred from running for a second term in the White House because of his role in the January 6 Capitol riot. where a mob of his supporters stormed the seat of the American republic in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
The case was brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics on behalf of six voters who argued that Mr. Trump's speech and conduct before and during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol should bar him from running for office again. president and submitted by Ms. Griswold in Washington last September.
“I filed it because I am the foreign minister. I didn't make this case,” she said, as she expressed her fears of violence.
“Well, yes, I am extremely worried. It simply highlights that Donald Trump is a significant threat to American democracy, elections and stability. He uses threats and intimidation against his political opponents. When he doesn't win elections, he tries to steal them. He is a dangerous leader for this country.”
But despite the threats, he refuses to back down.
“I will not be afraid,” he said. “We cannot allow these people who try to steal elections and use rhetoric to incite violence… not to stand up to the truth. I'm going to be as smart as possible with my security issues, but I'm not going to be intimidated by Donald Trump or anyone else on the Maga right.”
In their majority decision, the Colorado judges found that Mr Trump did incite the violent riot that day – and also continued to support it while it was going on.
“President Trump didn't just incite rebellion. Even when the Capitol siege was in full swing, he continued to support it, repeatedly demanding that Vice President (Mike) Pence refuse to perform his constitutional duty and calling on senators to convince them to stop the electoral vote count.” reading.
“These actions constituted overt, voluntary and direct participation in the rebellion.”
“We conclude that the prima facie evidence, much of which was undisputed at trial, established that President Trump engaged in sedition.
“President Trump's direct and explicit efforts, over several months, to urge his supporters to march on Capitol Hill to prevent what he has falsely characterized as an alleged fraud against the people of this country have been unmistakably overt and voluntary.”
The Trump campaign plans to appeal to the US Supreme Court.
The decision comes after a state judge ruled last month that Mr Trump did incite the rebellion – but that did not mean he could be removed from the ballot.