While the 2024 American presidential election remains lightyears away in political terms, media outlets and citizens across the nation remain hyper focused on the partisan battle for control of the White House. In the Democratic party, President Joe Biden remains the clear frontrunner for the nomination, enjoying the benefits of incumbency and facing only token opposition from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Marianne Williamson. While the likely nominee, Biden is vulnerable, and remains widely unpopular. In a recent poll produced by the Hill, the president received a 61% disapproval rating. Paired with this, only 26% of respondents felt that he possessed the cognitive ability to perform the duties of the presidency, a clear indicator that Bidens repeated speaking gaffes and incoherent appearances on the public stage have hurt him.
In the Republican party, the former 45th President Donald Trump maintains a near 40-point lead over his nearest challenger, Ron DeSantis. The republican field is crowded, and nearly a dozen candidates have declared themselves seeking the office and party nomination, but GOP voters remain staunchly loyal to Trump. Even in the face of four criminal indictments, Trump has maintained the large lead, and it appears that the legal battles (which Trump calls a “political witch hunt” and maintains his innocence) have only galvanized support for the American business mogul. No president in U.S. history has faced criminal charges like Trump has. Opponents of Trump are so eager to bar him from seeking office, that many are calling for the 14th amendment to be used to “disqualify” him from office.
In yet another appalling legal development, a Washington based group on Wednesday September 6th filed suit seeking to stop Trump from appearing on the ballot in the state of Colorado. The group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), filed a lawsuit in Denver, alleging that the January 6th demonstrations should be enough to disqualify Trump from once again seeking office.