The Colorado Supreme Court officially decided that former President Donald Trump cannot be on the state’s primary ballot and 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is calling for a show of solidarity from fellow Republicans.
The 2024 GOP hopeful pledged on Tuesday that he would remove his name from the Colorado primary and called on the rest of the candidates to do the same as a show of support against the court’s “illegal maneuver.”
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
“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 consequences for our country,” the entrepreneur businessman said in a video message posted on X.
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
He blasted the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision as “an unconstitutional maneuver” and “a bastardization of the 14th Amendment.”
The Colorado Republican Party responded to Ramaswamy’s message, posting, “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..”
“I think what they’re doing is wrong and I think it’s up to Republicans to step up and stand up with a spine for our country’s future. That’s really what’s at stake. Whether we the people actually have a say in deciding who leads this country,” Ramaswamy said.
Christie and DeSantis did condemn the court’s decision on Tuesday.
The Left invokes “democracy” to justify its use of power, even if it means abusing judicial power to remove a candidate from the ballot based on spurious legal grounds. SCOTUS should reverse. https://t.co/D4pCzZ7FhY
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) December 20, 2023
Donald Trump should not be prevented from being President by any court. He should be prevented from being President of the United States by the voters of this country. pic.twitter.com/77ChhLFkFz
— Chris Christie (@GovChristie) December 20, 2023
Trump reacted to the ruling during a campaign stop in Iowa.
TRUMP: “Joe Biden is a threat to democracy.” pic.twitter.com/KMr3hvrJVC
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) December 20, 2023
“Yes, it would be easier for other Republicans like me who are running in this race to say, “Hey, if Trump is sidelined, there’s our opportunity.” No doubt other candidates are probably privately celebrating with their corporate sponsors,” Ramaswamy continued in his video message.
“That’s not the right thing to do. I think the most useful thing that every GOP candidate can do right now is to join me in that pledge. I’ll say that I will withdraw from that Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump’s name is restored,” he said, warming that his GOP rivals would be “complicit” if they did not remove their own names from the ballot in an act of unity.
“This belongs to the people, not to the unelected Democratic cabal of judges in Colorado or any other state, and I demand that Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley and Chris Christie do the same thing, or else they’re complicit in what the security state is trying to do to shut down Trump,” Ramaswamy added. “I stand by that and I expect them to do the right thing.”
Other voices rang out in response to Ramaswamy’s call to action.
Senator J.D. Vance applauded the move, telling Fox News’ Kayleigh McEnany, “Good for Vivek.”
🚨Senator J.D. Vance responds to Vivek Ramaswamy announcing that he is removing his name from the Colorado ballot and calling for the other Republican candidates in the race to do the same after the state Supreme Court disqualified Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/rMesMv8h8Q
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) December 20, 2023
“This is as simple as standing up for democracy. Nothing more and nothing less. Great leadership by Vivek,” wrote former NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines. “Fair elections & ultimately America as we know it are a thing of the past.”
Trump blocked from the ballot in Colorado. When a court in another country disqualifies an opposition candidate from running, we say, “That’s not a real democracy.” Now it’s happening here.
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) December 20, 2023
“Thank you, Vivek, for doing the right thing,” Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake wrote. “I hope that Ron & Nicki have the courage to do the right thing, as well.”
Donald Trump has never been found guilty of any crime, ever. Most certainly he has never been convicted of insurrection.
The real “war on democracy” is being waged in Colorado. #Shame
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 19, 2023
33 years as a civil rights/constitutional lawyer. I am 100% certain the idiotic Colorado Supreme Court decision barring Trump to appear on the ballot will be reversed by the United States Supreme Court. I challenge any lawyer in this country to dispute my opinion!
— LeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) December 20, 2023