President Donald Trump has warned of “big trouble” if the Supreme Court does not rule in his favor on his eligibility for the 2024 presidential election.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Colorado case after the state’s Supreme Court ruled last month that Trump should not be on the primary ballot because of his role in the so-called January 6 “insurrection.”
“I just hope we get fair treatment,” Trump said at an Iowa rally Friday.
“Because if we don’t, our country’s in big, big trouble. Does everybody understand what I’m saying?”
Trump also criticized Democrats for throwing doubt on the court since he selected three of its judges, arguing that they are putting excessive political pressure on the court’s judgments.
“They’re saying, ‘Oh, Trump owns the Supreme Court, he owns it. He owns it. If they make a decision for him, it will be terrible. It’ll ruin their reputations,” he said.
“‘He owns the Supreme Court. He put on three judges. He owns the Supreme Court. If they rule in his favor, it will be horrible for them. And we’ll protest at their houses.’”
“That puts pressure on people to do the wrong thing,” he added.
“What they’re doing is no different than Bobby Knight.”
The Colorado complaint contends that Trump’s conduct in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riots violates the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause,” which bars anyone who has committed or helped in insurrection against the republic from holding office.
Any Supreme Court judgment will almost certainly put the issue to rest in other states.
Trump’s eligibility for the ballot has been contested in over a dozen states, and he was removed from the ballot in Maine on the same grounds.