GOP Candidates Rally Against Colorado Supreme Court Decision

 December 20, 2023

The big news on Tuesday night was that Donald Trump had been removed from the Colorado ballot after the Colorado Supreme Court handed down a decision.

The court ruled that Trump was to be removed via the 14th Amendment for having incited an insurrection. The decision is stayed pending his appeal.

Talking Points…

  • The court decision
  • Response by Trump GOP rivals
  • Analysis

The Court Bans Trump from Ballot

Democrats and one long-shot GOP candidate have been filing suits all across the country to have Trump removed from the 2024 ballot, claiming he incited an insurrection and is thereby disqualified from holding office per Section III of the 14th Amendment.

After several failed attempts, the Colorado Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, ruling:

"A majority of the court holds that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of president under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

"We do not reach these conclusions lightly. We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach."

Trump's GOP Rival Reactions

Vivek Ramaswamy, who some believe to be a Trump operative to hurt DeSantis in the early voting states, was among the first to react, stating that he would remove himself from the ballot until Trump's name was restored. In part, he said:

"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 this election, the bipartisan Establishment is now deploying a new tactic to bar him from ever holding office again."

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who had declared war on Trump, also stated that this was a partisan move:

"I do not believe Donald Trump should be prevented from being President of the United States by any court. I think he should be prevented from being President of the United States by the voters of this country."

Governor Ron DeSantis was also critical of the decision by the Colorado Supreme Court, stating:

"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."

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who is still in this race for some reason, supported the decision, while Nikki Haley, as of this writing, had not commented on the ruling.


This may sound crazy, but I am glad that a court finally made this ruling so we can get it before the Supreme Court and have this issue settled once and for all. There are nearly a dozen suits out there right now, being settled state-by-state, so it is time to put this issue to bed.

Since Donald Trump was never charged or convicted of insurrection, I see no possibility that the court will allow this ruling to stand, and I fully expect that Donald Trump's name will not only be restored on the Colorado ballot, but the decision will also set a precedent for the other lawsuits against Trump to be dismissed.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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