Colorado Republicans threatened to completely withdraw from the state’s primary system if the unprecedented decision to strip former President Donald Trump from the ballot stands. The state GOP would instead decide on its 2024 presidential candidate through a “pure caucus system.”
The state Supreme Court on Tuesday cited “insurrection” as an excuse to deny Colorado Republicans the opportunity to select Trump. This is despite the lack of a conviction or even charges related to the Jan. 6 protest.
This controversial action drew a fiery response from GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. Posting on X, formerly Twitter, he declared, “I pledge to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot.”
Ramaswamy then challenged his primary rivals to do the same — with mixed results.
However, the Colorado Republican Party quickly responded to his moral stand with a tweet of their own. “You won’t have to because we will withdraw from the primary as a party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand.”
NEW: The Colorado Republican Party has vowed to withdraw from the primary and will “convert to a pure caucus system” if the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling stands.
The announcement came in response to Vivek Ramaswamy after he promised to remove himself from the Colorado… pic.twitter.com/kmGQ9gDqPy
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 20, 2023
The state high court decision was stayed until Jan. 4, which is one day before the Secretary’s deadline to certify the candidates on the primary ballot. Justices anticipate intercession by the U.S. Supreme Court on this contentious ruling.
All seven of the high court justices were appointed by Democratic governors. Their ruling marked the first time in U.S. history where Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was utilized to disqualify a candidate for president.
The court’s majority defended their decision. “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.”
Flowery words, to be sure. However, the source of the case against Trump is glaringly apparent.
Democrats across the nation are terrified that they are saddled with a woefully unpopular president. Biden steadfastly refuses to withdraw from the 2024 race, and multiple polls show Trump extending his national lead over the incumbent.
As proven in 2020, the left has no qualms over taking any and all steps necessary to thwart the people’s will if it blocks a second Trump term. And their success in Colorado will only embolden other states to follow suit.