On Wednesday night, Seth Meyers said what we're all thinking right now:
“What is politics now? Like, what do we all do?'
Those important questions — which may have hit a little hard — were followed by a constitutional history lesson from Mr. Meyers on how the Colorado Supreme Court barred former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot.
“After the Civil War, Congress ratified a section of the 14th Amendment to keep secessionists who were disloyal to the United States out of government,” Mr. Meyers said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”
Mr. Meyers refers to Section 3 of the US Constitution 14th amendmentwhich states that no person holding government office “shall have engaged in rebellion or insurrection against the same, or given aid or comfort to his enemies.”
He assured viewers not to worry if they hadn't heard of it: “It's a Reconstruction-era amendment that high school history always skipped over for some reason.”
The Colorado Supreme Court cited that amendment when it issued its 4-3 decision barring Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot earlier this week.
“The only way this amendment could be applied more directly to Donald Trump is if he said ‘No one shall hold office who has not previously sworn to uphold the Constitution and the United States has been engaged in rebellion or sedition against it ditto, including any ostentatious weirdo landowners whose ties are too big and won't stop complaining how the toilets don't flush and windmills that kill birds,” Mr. Meyers continued.
After joking about Mr Trump's earlier outlandish claims, Mr Meyers cut to the chase: “I don't think anyone can reasonably dispute the fact that Donald Trump is a riot as defined by the plain text of the amendment.” .
Trump has already promised to appeal the Colorado decision. After the decision, Mr. Trump I broke out on his social media platform, Truth Social.
“BIDEN NEEDS TO PUT ALL THESE FAKE POLITICAL CHARGES AGAINST ME, BOTH CRIMINAL AND CIVIL. EVERY CASE I FIGHT IS THE WORK OF THE DOJ & THE WHITE HOUSE. NOTHING LIKE THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN OUR COUNTRY. BANANA REPUBLIC??? ELECTION INTERFERENCE!!!” Mr. Trump wrote on Truth Social.
Fellow Republicans also reject the decision. Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy vowed to move away off the Colorado ballot in protest, a move met with derision on X, formerly Twitter, by fellow politicians.
In response to the decision, US President Joe Biden said there is “There is no doubt” Mr Trump supported an uprising during the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
Donald Trump's office did not respond By the Independent request for comment.