Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy announced that he would withdraw from the Colorado primary until former President Donald Trump is permitted back on the state’s ballot. He also called for his fellow candidates Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie and Nikki Haley to do the same.
This is what an *actual* attack on democracy looks like: in an un-American, unconstitutional, and *unprecedented* decision, a cabal of Democrat judges are barring Trump from the ballot in Colorado. Having tried every trick in the book to eliminate President Trump from running in…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 19, 2023
The Colorado Supreme Court made the unprecedented decision to disqualify Trump’s candidacy in the GOP primary based on the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Colorado court, made up of seven justices appointed by Democratic governors, released a 4-3 decision banning Trump from the primary ballot.
Specifically, the court ruled that Trump participated in and led an insurrection during his speech on January 6 that was followed by some of his supporters entering the Capitol building.
“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. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.”
Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, wrote in a statement that an appeal would be filed by Tuesday night. This is an important step in the process as 13 other states also have lawsuits that would disqualify Trump from appearing on the ballot including Nevada, Texas, and Wisconsin.
If the Trump campaign wins on appeal to the Supreme Court, those other 13 lawsuits would most likely go away as well.
“Unsurprisingly, the all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against President Trump, supporting a Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump’s name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters,” Cheung wrote.
The 14th Amendment states, in part, “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office…shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same.”
The Supreme Court of the United States is likely to rule for the Trump campaign on appeal, but if it does not, Ramaswamy will have the opportunity to make his stand and remove his name from the Colorado ballot. It is yet to be seen if DeSantis, Christie and Haley will make the same statement.