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Former US President Trump could be barred from re-election

US President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with conservative black supporters in the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, June 10, 2020. [REUTERS]

The controversies following the United States 2020 election have reached a new and historic climax. The Supreme Court has begun hearing arguments on whether ex-President Donald Trump should be barred from running for re-election in November.

The State of Colorado is arguing that Trump should be disqualified on the basis of the so-called insurrection clause of the US Constitution which was ratified in 1868.

The amendment was intended to keep southern Confederates from holding public office after the Civil War.

He should be barred from office and he should be thrown in jail. He's an insurrectionist, he's a liar, he's a cheat. He sexually abused people and we should never see him again.

Anti-Trump Member of Public

I'm not a fan of Trump's but I mean, I find for him to run and let the people decide. I would think he needs to be officially indicted before he's disqualified.

Undecided Member of Public

Disqualifying Trump would throw the election in November into almost unthinkable disarray.

The reaction by Trump's passionate supporters appears equally hard to imagine.

At a time democracy at risk is very much worth holding steady to what we believe and what we've had as a political government for a very, very long time.

Trump Supporter

President Joe Biden is reaching new lows in popularity on a seemingly daily basis, while polls show that Trump is the leading candidate for November's vote.

It sets a pretty poor precedent for future rulings where you can interfere quite easily with candidates who may or may not have done anything wrong but they can use political tools to interfere with elections and [the] democratic process, which would be pretty dangerous.

Neutral Member of Public

Polls do not show majority support for disqualifying Trump; 41% support disqualifying Trump while 36% do not, with a significant minority of 22% claiming they are neutral or undecided.

The Supreme Court is essentially deciding the outcome of a presidential vote for the first time since the year 2000 when they stopped an ongoing recount to give George W. Bush victory in the state of Florida by just 537 votes.

No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the controversial case, it seems certain that one consequence of this will be the decreased overall respect for the nation's systems, institutions, and politicians.

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