Republicans Slam Colorado Supreme Court For Keeping Trump Off Ballot
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gestures as he speaks during the fourth Republican presidential primary debate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on December 6, 2023.
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A slew of top Republicans slammed the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday after it ruled to remove Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential ballot, arguing that he engaged in an insurrection with his actions on January 6, 2021.

The 4-3 ruling will be placed on hold pending appeal until January 4, the Court said in its ruling.

“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.”

The Colorado Republican Party responded by saying that if Trump is kept off the ballot, it will withdraw from the primary as a party and will hold a caucus instead.

The Republican presidential candidates who have qualified for the next Republican primary debate — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who are in second and third place, respectively — issued statements condemning 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,” DeSantis said. “SCOTUS should reverse.”

Haley responded to the ruling by saying that she will “beat him fair and square” and that she does not “need to have judges making these decisions” as she called for the decision to be left up to the voters.


Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Barrasso (WY) called the move a “blatant, political attempt to silence American voters.”

“SCOTUS will rightly dispose of it in an ash heap,” Barrasso added.

Former Rep. Justin Amash (L-MI), who was not a supporter of Trump when he was in office, said that “opinion of the Colorado Supreme Court is shameful and runs completely counter to our constitutional system.”

“Donald Trump was not removed from office by Congress for engaging in insurrection. Donald Trump has not been criminally convicted in a court of law of engaging in insurrection,” he said. “Whatever you believe about whether Donald Trump engaged in insurrection has no bearing on whether he’s eligible to run for president. No legislative, executive, or judicial body of a state should engage in extraconstitutional decision-making to disqualify a federal candidate from the ballot.”

“This isn’t accountability; it’s an assault on due process of law,” he concluded. “It undermines our electoral system and threatens every federal candidate for office.”

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. responded: “Every American should be troubled by the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove President Trump from the ballot.”

“This ruling is garbage,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). “This WILL be appealed to the Supreme Court & the Supreme Court WILL reverse it.”

Cruz added, “To every Dem & media outlet saying ‘save Democracy,’ this is a test: Will you denounce these partisan judges trying to PREVENT THE VOTERS from choosing the next President?”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) responded: “One thing is clear: this will help Donald Trump. Do these Colorado clowns in black robes not realize that?”

“The Colorado Resistance judges want to Save Democracy by blocking an election,” said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR). “These disgraceful hacks should be condemned by every American—Republican and Democrat. The Supreme Court should immediately strike down this unAmerican stunt.”

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