Presidential Candidates Slam Colorado Supreme Court Ruling

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who recently ended his Democrat primary challenge against President Joe Biden to instead run for president as an independent, is joining several other presidential candidates in calling out the Colorado Supreme Court over their shocking decision to block former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot.

On Tuesday, the Colorado State Supreme Court disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters who support the GOP presidential frontrunner, ruling that Trump’s name would not be allowed to appear on the primary ballot.

Several presidential candidates have condemned the decision, including Kennedy, who argued on social media that Americans should feel “troubled” by the ruling.

“Every American should be troubled by the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove President Trump from the ballot,” he wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The independent candidate went on to argue that the judges had “deprived” Trump of his rights when he had not even been convicted of a crime.

“This was done without an evidentiary hearing in which he is given the basic right of confronting his accusers,” Kennedy added.

Kennedy also pointed out that the judge’s ruling will likely lead to lower confidence in the election process, noting that Trump’s supporters “will never accept the result” of an election if their chosen candidate is “kept out of office through judicial fiat rather than being defeated in a fair election.”

“It’s time to trust the voters. It is up to the people to decide who the best candidate is. Not the courts. The people. That’s Democracy 101,” he continued.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took the condemnation a step further — vowing to withdraw his name from the Colorado Republican presidential primary if Trump’s name is not allowed on the ballot. He has also called on his fellow GOP candidates to follow his lead.

“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,” Ramaswamy wrote in a post on X.

Thus far, none of the other candidates have followed Ramaswamy’s lead. However, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who is also running for president, did condemn the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision in a post on X.

The Florida governor argued that Democrats invoke “democracy” to justify their “use of power,” even if doing so would mean using undemocratic actions such as weaponizing “judicial power to remove a candidate from the ballot based on spurious legal grounds. SCOTUS should reverse.”

Meanwhile, the Colorado Republican Party has since declared that they plan to cancel the primary and switch to a caucus system if the decision isn’t reversed.

Trump’s campaign has already released a statement vowing to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, an outcome that the Colorado judges anticipated in their decision — as they noted that they would “stay our ruling until January 4, 2024 (the day before the Secretary’s deadline to certify the content of the presidential primary ballot)” to give time for the Supreme Court to review the ruling.

Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung declared in their statement: “We will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision.”

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