The Trump campaign has already said it will appeal the “completely flawed” decision – dozens of lawsuits have been filed nationally to disqualify the former president from running again under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
The court ruled that as a result, he cannot appear on the state’s ballot for the 2024 Republican Primary.
The ruling was handed down in a 4-3 decision by judges who have all been appointed by Democratic governors.
But the ruling will remain on hold until January 4 pending an appeal, which Trump is expected to make to the US Supreme Court.
States have been litigating Trump’s eligibility since his association with the Capitol protests on January 6, 2021.
Trump shared tweets during the riot that encouraged protesters to demonstrate while claiming Democrats stole the election results.
Voters have cited this day as a reason to disqualify Trump, as his actions could be a violation of the 14th Amendment in the US Consitution.
A clause in the amendment states that no person who has “engaged in insurrection of rebellion” can hold a position in federal office.
Courts in Minnesota and Michigan have already thrown out similar suits, and a lower court in Colorado also ruled that Trump was still eligible.
But the higher court overturned the ruling on Tuesday.
“A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the Colorado high court said in a statement.
“Because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot,” the ruling said.
This marks the first time in history that a presidential candidate has been qualified using Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
“We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” the court’s majority wrote.
“We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us.