CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would hand down a “slam-dunk victory” and overturn a ballot ban imposed on former President Donald Trump.
During a segment on “CNN This Morning” on Friday, a panel discussed the case that will determine whether states have the authority to prevent Trump from running for office due to his alleged role in the January 6 insurrection, which could be considered a violation of the 14th Amendment.
During Thursday morning’s session, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the matter, and according to Toobin, it was not a favorable outcome for those advocating for Trump’s ballot ban.
Toobin highlighted the inadequacy of the opposition’s arguments during the oral proceedings.
CNN host Phil Mattingly asked: “Our great panel, having solved Poland’s history, is back with us now. Jeff, I want to start with you. There seemed to be a fairly unanimous opinion outside of the court that the arguments did not go well for Colorado but did go well for Trump. Do you believe that’s the case, and if so, why?”
“100% I agree with the case. In fact, I have rarely seen a contested case where the political breakdown … was not reflected in the oral argument. This was close to unanimous. Justice Sotomayor, a little harder to read, but the other eight. Every argument that was put out in favor of disqualifying the Trump candidacy, you know, went nowhere,” Toobin said.
“You know, was he was he covered by section three of the, of the 14th amendment? Did Colorado have the right to do this? Is the process that they followed correct? All of those arguments seem to go in the direction of letting Trump stay on the ballot. I, from painful experience, I don’t usually like to predict the outcome of Supreme Court cases based on oral argument. I’m going to make an exception and say this was a slam dunk victory in the offing for the Trump campaign,” he added.
In a pivotal legal case, the Supreme Court deliberated on Trump’s eligibility for the November election ballot. Justices expressed skepticism towards Colorado’s move to disqualify the former president and posed challenging inquiries to the state’s attorney.
Colorado’s top court previously ruled Trump was not eligible to be on the ballot because he supposedly engaged in insurrection at the US Capitol. Trump appealed the decision, and the justices on Thursday appeared poised to side with the 45th president.
Trump responded to the proceedings on Thursday.
“So I just say that in watching the Supreme Court today, I thought it was very — it’s a very beautiful process,” he said at his Mar-a-Lago estate. “I hope that democracy of this country will continue, because right now we have a very, very tough situation with all of the radical left ideas, with the weaponization of politics. They weaponized it like it’s never been weaponized before. It’s totally illegal, but they do it anyway.
“And it has to stop,” he added.