United States: Investigations continue into threats directed at Colorado Supreme Court justices subsequent to their decision to disqualify Donald Trump from participating in the 2024 presidential elections, according to various reports.
An analysis by Advance Democracy, as reported by NBC News, revealed a swift escalation in online posts inciting violence against the justices within 24 hours of the announcement of the court’s decision.
On December 19, the state’s Supreme Court rendered a verdict to disqualify Trump from future office under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. This decision was based on his involvement in instigating the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, which the court deemed as an act of “engaging in insurrection.”
FBI spokesperson Vikki Migoya conveyed the Bureau’s awareness of the threats in a statement sent to multiple news outlets. The FBI, in collaboration with local law enforcement, affirmed their commitment to investigating any threats or violent actions fueled by extremist ideologies, regardless of their motivation.
Incidentally, the Denver Police Department responded to an apparent false alarm at a justice’s residence on Thursday, prompting an expanded patrol presence around the justices’ homes. Requests for comments from the Denver police were not immediately answered, as reported by USA Today.
An NBC-received study documented various threatening messages circulating across pro-Trump forums, extremist websites, and Truth Social—an online platform owned by Trump himself.
Quoting from the report, NBC mentioned one post that ominously read, “What do you call seven justices from the Colorado Supreme Court at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.” Another disturbing post suggested violence: “Kill judges. Behead judges. Roundhouse kick a judge into the concrete.”
The Colorado Supreme Court‘s decision centered on their determination that Trump’s actions incited an insurgency leading to the riot at the US Capitol on January 6.
“President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of president,” the high court declared in an unsigned opinion. “As a result of this disqualification, listing him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot would constitute a wrongful act under the election code.”
The court’s interpretation concluded that the 14th Amendment, prohibiting individuals “engaged in the insurrection” from holding public office, was applicable to the president despite differing opinions. The 14th Amendment was ratified post-Civil War to prevent those involved in insurrection from occupying official positions.