Supreme Court Justices’ Lives Threatened After Trump Ruling

( – Advocacy groups claim that the justices on the Colorado Supreme Court are receiving a “flood” of threats since the Court’s controversial decision to remove Donald Trump from the 2024 Republican primary ballot. The FBI is also saying they are investigating threats to the lives and safety of the justices.

The Colorado Supreme Court issued the ruling on December 19th, claiming that Trump violated the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which bars officers of the U.S. from holding certain offices if they have engaged in “insurrection.” The term is not well-defined in law, and Trump has not been convicted of insurrection, or of any crime related to the incident at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

The justices also put their own ruling on hold, pending a review by the U.S. Supreme Court.

While social media is undoubtedly full of invective, and some threats, against the Colorado justices, it is difficult to know with certainty how many genuinely dangerous threats have been made to the court’s judges. Non-governmental organizations such as Advance Democracy, have said they have identified “significant violent rhetoric” against the judges and Democrats. But even NGOs that claim to be non-partisan often have partisan interests, and these may shape their characterization of political discourse.

As has become sadly normal, the rhetoric on social media certainly includes violent talk and implicit threats. One social media user said the solution to our political problems was to “kill these f—kers”, while others referred to nooses, bombs, and guns. It is trivially easy to find these kinds of posts.

The FBI is taking the situation seriously. The agency said on December 22nd that it is investigating “dozens” of threats reported by the Colorado judges themselves. Advance Democracy’s Daniel Jones is a former FBI investigator. He recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee that his organization is seeing “significant violent language and threats” directed at the justices on the Colorado court.

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