Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy pledged to withdraw from the GOP primary in Colorado unless Donald Trump is allowed to appear on the state’s ballot.
Ramaswamy demanded Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, and Chris Christie to do the same.
The former pharmaceutical CEO said the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to block President Trump from the 2024 ballot is an “unconstitutional” and “unprecedented” decision by a “cabal of Democrat judges.”
“Having tried every trick in the book to eliminate President Trump from running in this election, the bipartisan Establishment is now deploying a new tactic to bar him from ever holding office again: the 14th Amendment,” Ramaswamy said.
“I pledge to *withdraw* from the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is also allowed to be on the state’s ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley to do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous consequences for our country,” he continued.
“Today’s decision is the latest election interference tactic to silence political opponents and swing the election for whatever puppet the Democrats put up this time by depriving Americans of the right to vote for their candidate of choice,” Ramaswamy continued.
“The 14th Amendment was part of the ‘Reconstruction Amendments’ that were ratified following the Civil War. It was passed to prohibit former Confederate military and political leaders from holding high federal or state office. These men had clearly taken part in a rebellion against the United States: the Civil War. That makes it all the more absurd that a left-wing group in Colorado is asking a federal court to disqualify the 45th President on the same grounds, equating his speech to rebellion against the United States,” he added.
“And there’s another legal problem: Trump is not a former ‘officer of the United States,’ as that term is used in the Constitution, meaning Section 3 does not apply. As the Supreme Court explained in Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (2010), an ‘officer of the United States’ is someone appointed by the President to aid him in his duties under Article II, Section 2. The term does not apply to elected officials, and certainly not to the President himself,” he continued.
“The Framers of the 14th Amendment would be appalled to see this narrow provision—intended to bar former U.S. officials who switched to the Confederacy from seeking public office—being weaponized by a sitting President and his political allies to prevent a former President from seeking reelection. Our country is becoming unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers,” he concluded.
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
Vivek Ramaswamy in a statement pledges to "withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is also allowed to be on the state’s ballot" and demands Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie and Nikki Haley "do the same immediately." https://t.co/XYtDpjg89Q
— Lisa Kashinsky (@lisakashinsky) December 20, 2023
I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is also allowed to be on the state’s ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley to do the same immediately.
— Sharyl Attkisson 🕵️♂️💼🥋 (@SharylAttkisson) December 20, 2023
Ramaswamy pledged to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is allowed to be on the ballot.
Trump denies wrongdoing regarding January 6 and has decried the 14th Amendment lawsuits as an abuse of the legal process. He is under federal and state indictment in connection with his attempts to overturn the 2020 election – and he has pleaded not guilty.
The ruling comes as a similar appeal is pending in Michigan, where Trump also prevailed. He has beaten back 14th Amendment challenges in several key states, while the challengers have pledged to keep fighting in the courts potentially even after the 2024 presidential election, if he wins.
“A group of Republican and independent voters filed the lawsuit, in coordination with a liberal government watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington,” CNN noted.
“A district judge held a weeklong trial and issued a stunning ruling in November that labeled Trump as an insurrectionist but said the presidency is exempt from the vague ban in the 14th Amendment,” the outlet added.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 20, 2023
Donald Trump’s campaign vowed to appeal the Colorado Supreme Court’s unprecedented decision to set up a U.S. Supreme Court showdown.
The Hill reports:
The Trump campaign vowed Tuesday to swiftly appeal a Colorado court ruling to kick him off the ballot over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, putting the matter on track to be decided by the Supreme Court of the United States.
Campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung sought to cast the 4-3 ruling by the state’s highest court as a matter of political interference meant to protect President Biden from having to face Trump next November.
“Democrat Party leaders are in a state of paranoia over the growing, dominant lead President Trump has amassed in the polls. They have lost faith in the failed Biden presidency and are now doing everything they can to stop the American voters from throwing them out of office next November,” Cheung said in a statement.
“The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision,” he continued. “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.”
The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling is on hold until January 4th so Trump can seek review from the U.S. Supreme Court.