Donald Trump could be kept off Colorado’s primary ballot thanks in part to a Kentucky native.
Attorney Eric Olson, who was successful in convincing Colorado’s justices that Trump cannot run for the presidency because of his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky’s Elliott County.
“I am very, very proud of my Kentucky connection,” Olson told The Courier Journal on Wednesday, a day after the ruling was issued.
Elliott County is near the Ohio border and has a population of less than 7,000 people. Olson left the state in the 1990s to attend Oberlin College, then Michigan Law School but said he still visits regularly, with his mom and sister still living in Eastern Kentucky.
Olson is the first to successfully argue that the insurrection clause in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution can allow the disqualification of a presidential candidate. The ruling, which would keep Trump off Colorado’s ballot, could ultimately impact the 2024 presidential race.
Olson argued that in Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results, he incited the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol, which violated his oath to uphold the Constitution and thus makes him ineligible for political office. He cited Trump’s urging of the crowd to “fight like hell,” and his knowledge of their intentions.
“A majority of the court holds that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment,” the Colorado court wrote in its 4-3 decision.
“We’re thrilled and pleased that the rule of law remains strong in Colorado and in America,” Olson said.
The ruling will likely be challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court, and Olson said his firm will be heavily involved in that case and that he is prepared to serve