Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who is also running for president, has rejected fellow Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy’s call for all GOP candidates to voluntarily withdraw their names from the ballot in Colorado following the state’s Supreme Court ruling that blocked former President Donald Trump from the ballot.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Trump was ineligible to run for president because he had engaged in an “insurrection” — despite never being convicted.
Thus, the court has decided that his name would not be included on the state’s Republican primary ballot. The judges stayed the ruling until January 4, 2024, to give Trump the time to request a review by the U.S. Supreme Court, as ballots will not be printed until January 5, 2024.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Ramaswamy declared that he would withdraw his name from the Colorado GOP presidential primary ballot until the ruling was reversed.
He also called on his fellow Republican candidates to do the same, specifically telling DeSantis, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) to “do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous consequences for our country.”
I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous… pic.twitter.com/qbpNf9L3ln
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 20, 2023
DeSantis was later asked if he would follow Ramaswamy’s lead during an interview on Newsmax. He refused, claiming that to do so would be “playing to the left” and arguing that the ruling would be overturned on appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court anyway.
“No, I think that’s just playing into the left,” the Florida governor said. “I think the case will get overturned by the Supreme Court, but I’ve qualified for all the ballots, I’m competing in all the states, and I’m going to accumulate the delegates necessary. That’s the whole name of the game in this situation, but I do anticipate that decision was political and will get reversed.”
Ron DeSantis says he will not follow Vivek Ramaswamy’s lead and withdraw from the Colorado primary if Donald Trump is not on the ballot. pic.twitter.com/0EJZLj47CN
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) December 20, 2023
DeSantis’ refusal was met with anger on social media, with many arguing that it makes him look like he is “okay with winning dishonestly.”
“Massive unforced error by Ron. This is a softball question/answer situation. 99% of Republican voters are outraged by a candidate being thrown off the ballot. If you believe the court will overturn then why not pledge this? Even if they don’t overturn, the Colorado Republican Party has already committed to switching to a different format so Trump would be included. In summary, this pledge cost Vivek nothing because either way it changes nothing AND you’ve signaled to voters that you will put them above your personal ambition. It should be a no brainer for every other candidate to do the same and they should kick themselves for not thinking to do it first,” argued commentator Robby Starbuck.
Massive unforced error by Ron. This is a softball question/answer situation. 99% of Republican voters are outraged by a candidate being thrown off the ballot. If you believe the court will overturn then why not pledge this? Even if they don’t overturn, the Colorado Republican…
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 20, 2023
“If he believes it will be overturned then he should just withdraw anyways. And yes, I also believe that Vivek isn’t running ‘against’ Trump so this is a positive strategic move for him. But, DeSantis not following suit just makes him look like he’s ok with winning dishonestly,” wrote Olivia Rondeau, reporter at Breitbart News.
If he believes it will be overturned then he should just withdraw anyways.
And yes, I also believe that Vivek isn’t running “against” Trump so this is a positive strategic move for him. But, DeSantis not following suit just makes him look like he’s ok with winning dishonestly.
— Olivia Rondeau 🇺🇸 (@rondeaulivia) December 21, 2023