On a very busy Thursday for the climate and #StopLNG movement, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Colorado’s case over whether Trump should be barred from the ballot because he led the Jan. 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the US capitol.
We’ve told you before how both Maine and Colorado barred Donald Trump from the ballot in 2024 due to his role in inciting the January 6, 2021 insurrection. It’s a step – using the 14th amendment to the Constitution – that we’ve been advocating for since 2021, but which has gotten a lot of attention lately due to Trump is all but certain to be the 2024 GOP Presidential nominee.
Disappointingly, but not surprisingly, the 6-3 conservative majority seemed likely to allow the defeated former president and current leader of the fossil fueled fascist party to remain on the ballot. This will obviously boost the chances that Trump stays in the race, and that he will call for violence and insurrection again, regardless of the outcome.
The lack of accountability for Trump will also probably embolden his followers, and therefore increase threats of violence against election officials in Colorado, Maine, and many other states. If you didn’t already, you can add your name to our petition that threats of political violence are never acceptable. And check out our video report on all the action in court and elsewhere from Thursday.
The Justices seemed more concerned about permitting a single state to disqualify the leading Republican candidate (a political choice) than in enforcing the law or even reading it’s plain text which says:
No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and VicePresident, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereofThe Congressional Research Service
In the months and weeks ahead, we’ll outline some of the likely ways Trump and his allies will use this to call for violence, suppress or ignore the will of voters, and try to further consolidate power. For example, Trump has already said that he would re-instated LNG exports, which Biden paused, and been rewarded with more than $7 million in fossil fuel industry donations. That’s why we refer to them as the fossil fueled fascist party because they are largely funded by fossil fuel money, and support fascism – which is defined as:
a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of oppositionMerriam Webster Dictionary
We didn’t expect the Supreme Court to stop Trump, again – as we told you before. But we also won’t let Thursday’s arguments or the likely decision later this spring stop us from speaking out, connecting the dots between fossil fuels, fascism, and Trump, or fighting to stop him any way we can – nonviolently. As always you can chip in to fund that fight, and stay tuned for more updates.