US Supreme Court hears Trump ballot case

The US Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday in a case that could shake up the 2024 presidential election. It will decide whether former president Donald Trump is allowed to run again for the White House.

The former president is the frontrunner to be the Republican party's candidate in the November election. However, some voters in Colorado claimed that his role in the January 6th attack on the Capitol amounted to "insurrection."

Last year, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed with them and allowed Trump to be kicked off the primary ballot. Trump appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.

All nine justices questioned Trump's lawyers. Ketanji Brown Jackson asked, "A chaotic effort to overthrow the government is not an insurrection?"

Trump attorney Jonathan Mitchell replied that it was not an insurrection but a "riot." His team claimed that the constitutional provision cited in the Colorado case does not apply to the president and could only be enforced by Congress.

After the hearing, Trump delivered remarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. He said, "I'm a believer in the Supreme Court. I listened today and I thought our arguments were very, very strong."

Voters in other states are also challenging Trump's eligibility. That prompted Chief Justice John Roberts to raise concerns that keeping him off the ballot would have "daunting consequences." Many of the justices seemed skeptical about efforts to stop Trump from running.

US media outlets say the justices may issue their ruling by March 5, which is the date of the so-called Super Tuesday primary elections in Colorado and other states.