The Colorado Republican Party said they would switch from a primary ballot system to a caucus system if the state Supreme Court’s ruling to block Donald Trump from the ballot stands.
The statement came in response to Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy pledging to withdraw from the primary if the ruling stands.
“You won’t have to because we will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand,” the Colorado Republican Party stated.
You won't have to because we will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand.
— Colorado Republican Party (@cologop) December 20, 2023
“A primary is a state-level election in which voters pick a candidate to run in the general election, whereas a caucus system is essentially a local meeting where a party’s registered members from a city, town, or country vote for their preferred candidate – which in this case would allow them to bypass the primary ballot issue regarding Trump,” Zero Hedge noted.
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The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling to bar President Trump from the state ballot makes Colorado the first and only state to take such an action.
The decision was based on an interpretation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which prohibits individuals who have engaged in “insurrection” from taking public office.
The ruling overturned an earlier decision by a district court which found President Trump incited an insurrection due to his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6 breach but said he could not be barred from ballots. The district court argued that it was unclear whether the 14th Amendment would apply in such a situation.
There have been sustained efforts to keep President Trump off the ballot in other states as well citing the 14th Amendment. None have succeeded until the recent Colorado verdict.
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— Lara Logan (@laralogan) December 20, 2023
The Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling is on hold until January 4th so Donald Trump can appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” the ruling said
“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,” it added.
The Daily Wire reports:
The Trump campaign responded to the ruling by saying that they would “swiftly file an appeal,” calling it “a completely flawed decision” that was “deeply undemocratic.”
“We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits,” a spokesperson for the campaign said.
The Court said that they had “little difficulty concluding that substantial evidence” existed that showed “a concerted and public use of force or threat of force by a group of people to hinder or prevent the U.S. government from taking the actions necessary to accomplish the peaceful transfer of power in this country.”
The Court said that because of this, “the events of January 6 constituted an insurrection.”
Heritage Foundation election law expert and former FEC commissioner Hans von Spakovsky responded to the ruling by calling it “nakedly partisan” and “anti-democratic”.