DeSantis Slams Colorado Court for Kicking Trump off Ballot
On Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis spoke out against a “spurious” decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 primary ballot. DeSantis slammed the ruling as an abuse of judicial power but did not mention his GOP rival by name.
The Governor also called on the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the ruling.
“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.”
DeSantis commented on X in reply to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), who characterized the court’s decision as “lawless thuggery.”
Just hours earlier, DeSantis had been asked during a campaign stop in Iowa whether he would commit to keeping Trump out of prison. The Governor replied, “The idea that we’re going to put an almost 80-year-old former president in prison, that is not going to be good for this country.” The Des Moines Register reported DeSantis’ comments.
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
“They are weaponizing the annals of government, the architecture of government for political purposes. They’re criminalizing politics, and that’s what Trump is facing […]
we’ve got to start healing this country at some point. And I think the left, they are hell bent on using the levers of power to go after people they don’t like and it’s got to stop.”
On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Trump ineligible for the U.S. Presidency, removing him from the state’s Presidential primary ballot. The court cited the 14th Amendment in their decision, which prohibits officials who “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding office.”
A spokesman for the Trump Campaign called the move “a completely flawed decision.”
“[W]e will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision,” ~ Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung
We have a process to disqualify office holders from running and this isn’t it. As Congress failed to impeach + convict Trump and he hasn’t yet been criminally convicted of anything that would prevent him from appearing on a ballot, it should be left to voters. The CO ruling is…
— AG (@AGHamilton29) December 20, 2023
If the court’s ruling is allowed to stand, the Colorado Republican Party has vowed to cancel its primary and “convert to a pure caucus system” to select its nominee.
Despite their bitter rivalry, nearly all of Trump’s opponents in the GOP primary have condemned the ruling and called on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike it down. Those candidates include former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson–who is currently polling under 1 percent according to RealClearPolitics–stood alone in his support for the ruling.
“The Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling barring Donald Trump from the presidential ballot is what I raised as a concern in the first presidential debate in Milwaukee,” Hutchinson said in a statement. “The factual finding that he supported by insurrection will haunt his candidacy.”
The 2024 Colorado Republican primary is currently scheduled for March 5.
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