Trump believes Supreme Court arguments to keep him on the ballot were ‘very strong’ and says January 6 was an ‘insurrection caused by Nancy Pelosi’

Minutes after his lawyers finished fighting to keep him on the ballot, former President Donald Trump stepped out of his Mar-a-Lago home and declared that he was delighted with the morning’s hearing at the Supreme Court.

He cut a relaxed figure on the steps of his Florida club as he said it was a ‘nice’ thing to hear.

His lawyers made ‘strong’ arguments,’ he added, about the potential dangers of taking the 2024 front-runner off the ballot.

But as he discussed the hearing, he became angry at the way he said his words had been misrepresented on January 6, 2021 and he looked for a moment as if the events amounted to a riot, before correcting himself has.

“I heard and I look and the one thing I will say is that they kept saying about what I said right after the uprising,” he said.

Former President Donald Trump said he was pleased with the way arguments went at the Supreme Court on Thursday

Former President Donald Trump said he was pleased with the way arguments went at the Supreme Court on Thursday

Sen.  Roger Marshall R-Kan.  and Sen. Tommy Tuberville R-Ala.  speaking to reporters outside the US Supreme Court

Sen. Roger Marshall R-Kan. and Sen. Tommy Tuberville R-Ala. speaking to reporters outside the US Supreme Court

‘Cause think it was a riot caused by Nancy Pelosi.

“It was a riot … if it was a riot because there was, there was nothing … except the fact that they shot Ashley Babbitt.”

Babbitt was a Trump supporter who joined the crowd that invaded the Capitol before he was shot and killed by a police officer.

Trump supporters lined up overnight Thursday to secure seats on the Supreme Court to hear arguments that singled out some of the events of that day and again underscored the unprecedented nature of the former president’s campaign.

And that’s exactly the kind of case that judges prefer to avoid, putting the nation’s highest court as the final arbiter in a political dispute.

The stakes could not be higher for the former president.

Last year, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump had incited the attack on the US capital, “an insurrection,” making him ineligible to run in the state’s primary.

On Thursday, the justices appeared skeptical of the arguments made by the Colorado attorneys.

It was all good news for Trump as he prepared to travel to Nevada where he is on course to win the Republican caucuses by a wide margin.

He emerged from his headquarters in Florida minutes after the arguments ended.

“I’m a believer in the Supreme Court,” he told DailyMail.com “I listened today. Our arguments were very, very strong.

Trump said he listened to arguments Thursday morning.  He cut a relaxed figure as he emerged from his Mar-a-Lago home just after the arguments had concluded

Trump said he listened to arguments Thursday morning. He cut a relaxed figure as he emerged from his Mar-a-Lago home just after the arguments had concluded

DailyMail.com was among a small number of journalists at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday

DailyMail.com was among a small number of journalists at Mar-a-Lago on Thursday

Supporters and opponents of Trump gathered in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday

Supporters and opponents of Trump gathered in front of the Supreme Court on Thursday

“An argument that is very important is the fact that you lead in every race, you lead in every state.

“You’re leading in the country against both Republicans and Democrats and Biden.”

“And can you be the person who leads everywhere and say, Hey, we’re not going to let you run?” You know, I think it’s quite hard to do.’

His warm words contrasted with his frequent appearances outside other courthouses. There, while fighting four criminal charges, he railed against judges, court staff and prosecutors who he says have launched a witch hunt against him.

In the case of the Supreme Court, he has the comfort of knowing that three of the judges owe their position to him.

And his favorable assessment reflected the consensus view that the nine justices were ready to keep him on the ballot, reversing the ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court.

Judges there ruled that section 3 of the 14th amendment excluded him. But this is the first time that a section of the Constitution, initially added to prevent Confederate leaders from taking on official roles after the Civil War, has been applied to a presidential candidate.

Although it applies only to Colorado, any decision will have an impact nationally, with other states likely to follow the precedent, derailing Trump’s election hopes.

Trump is seen here urging his supporters to march on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's election victory.  That day overshadows his 2024 run

Trump is seen here urging his supporters to march on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. That day overshadows his 2024 run

The 14th Amendment has existed since 1868, but the Supreme Court has never considered Article 3, known as the Insurrection Clause.  In the photo of the January 6 riot on the Capitol

The 14th Amendment has existed since 1868, but the Supreme Court has never considered Article 3, known as the Insurrection Clause. In the photo of the January 6 riot on the Capitol

His lawyers are deploying a series of arguments to say the law was misapplied.

They say the attack on January 6 was not an uprising. And even if it was, Trump didn’t participate. He even used the word ‘peaceful’ on the day when he called on supporters to protest.

They also say that the wording of the clause in question is designed to apply to ‘officers’ taking an oath – not presidents or candidates to be president.

Additionally, Colorado does not have the power to disqualify Trump. Congress must implement procedures that govern the process.

Meanwhile, the case allowed Trump to raise campaign money.

“Arguments have already begun,” he said in an emailed appeal Thursday morning. “So at this moment, I’m calling on EVERY pro-Trump patriot to step in and proudly say: KEEP PRESIDENT TRUMP ON MY BALLOT!”