Democratic-turned-independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said that all Americans should feel “troubled” by the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision that former President Donald Trump should be blocked from appearing on the presidential primary ballot in the state.
“Every American should be troubled by the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove President Trump from the ballot,” Kennedy tweeted. “The court has deprived him of a consequential right without having been convicted of a crime. This was done without an evidentiary hearing in which he is given the basic right of confronting his accusers,” he wrote. “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 noted.
GOP presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has vowed to withdraw from the Colorado Republican presidential primary if Trump is not permitted to appear on the ballot.
“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,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also currently seeking the GOP presidential nod, tweeted. “SCOTUS should reverse.”
“Accordingly, we conclude that because President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list President Trump as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot. Therefore, the Secretary may not list President Trump’s name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot, nor may she count any write-in votes cast for him,” the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision declares.
“But we stay our ruling until January 4, 2024 (the day before the Secretary’s deadline to certify the content of the presidential primary ballot),” the court noted. “If review is sought in the Supreme Court before the stay expires, it shall remain in place, and the Secretary will continue to be required to include President Trump’s name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot until the receipt of any order or mandate from the Supreme Court,” the decision reads.
Some justices dissented.
Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said in a 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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