(SNews) – A Democrat-selected Colorado judge has backed efforts to block President Donald Trump from appearing on the ballot during the state’s 2024 presidential election.
Judge Sarah Wallace denied a motion by Trump and the Colorado GOP to throw out a politically-motivated lawsuit.
The suit seeks to keep Trump off the ballot in an apparent effort to help Democrat President Joe Biden.
Wallace, a Colorado district court judge, was appointed to the bench earlier this year by Democrat Gov. Jared Polis.
Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, faces challenges to appear on the ballot in multiple states based on his alleged role in events of January 6, 2021.
Those lawsuits cite the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in the aftermath of the Civil War, which bans those who “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office.
Trump has not been convicted of so-called “insurrection.”
The 45th president was acquitted by the U.S. Senate of charges of “engaging in insurrection.”
The allegations are related to the protests at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
However, there was no “insurrection,” despite claims from the Democrats and their allies in the corporate media.
Trump continues to deny wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, Democrats continue to push the claims because “engaging in insurrection” is one of the few clauses in the U.S. Constitution that would disqualify a person from running for president.
In denying Trump and the Colorado GOP’s motions, the Colorado court did not rule on the merits of the case.
Trump still has one additional motion pending to throw out the case.
If that motion fails, the trial is expected to begin on October 30.
Wallace would be the judge presiding over the case.
Trump’s motion made the case that his actions on January 6 were on “public issues” and therefore protected by free speech rights under the First Amendment to the Constitution.
In her opinion, Wallace said that a Colorado free speech law did not in this case.
A Trump campaign spokesperson pushed back on Wallace for allowing the case to proceed.
“[Wallace] is going against the clear weight of legal authority,” Trump’s spokesperson said in a statement.
“We are confident the rule of law will prevail, and this decision will be reversed – whether at the Colorado Supreme Court or at the U.S. Supreme Court.
“To keep the leading candidate for President of the United States off the ballot is simply wrong and un-American.”
The Supreme Court has never before ruled on the Civil War-era amendment, however.
Trump’s attorneys argue the amendment was intended to apply to those waging war on the U.S.
If the lawsuit ultimately prevails, Trump could be kept off the ballot in additional states.
This would come despite Trump being the runaway favorite to win the Republican nomination.
Trump is also leading President Biden in recent polling.
The case against Trump was brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
The watchdog nonprofit group is tied to Democrat strategist David Brock.
Although claiming to be bipartisan, CREW has received criticism for its “partisan vendetta against conservatives and Republicans.”
Brock’s network of organizations includes Democrat-aligned opposition research Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century and far-left propaganda organization Media Matters for America (MMfA).
MMfA has been called an “arm of the  Hillary Clinton campaign.”
The group, which uses its influence to smear conservative media outlets and push Democrat talking points, achieved notoriety for continuing to defend actor Jessie Smollett’s 2019 claims of falling victim to a hate crime after evidence appeared undermining his story.
MMfA labeled the skepticism of Smollett’s story a “right-wing smear” and only updated its website after Smollett was arrested for filing a false police report.
The case is Anderson v. Griswold, Case No.: 2023CV32577, in district court for the city and county of Denver.