Colorado GOP: 'We will Withdraw from the Primary as a Party' If Trump Not Restored to Ballot

Nick Kangadis | December 20, 2023
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Despite no conviction for “insurrection or rebellion,” the Colorado Supreme Court took it upon themselves to disqualify former president and current GOP Primary frontrunner for the 2024 presidential election Donald Trump from the ballot in their state, claiming he violated “Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which states that a person who "engaged in insurrection or rebellion" after taking an oath of office to support the Constitution should be barred from running for office again,” according to Newsweek.

In response the Colorado Republican Party stated they will “withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand.”

That answer to the Colorado court came in response to fellow GOP Primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy tweeting out a video almost immediately after the decision to remove Trump from the ballot.

“They have just tried to bar President Trump from the Colorado ballot using an unconstitutional maneuver that is a bastardization of the 14th Amendment to our U.S. Constitution. This was a decision, Section 3, that was designed to bar Confederate members, people who switched to the Confederacy, from actually being able to serve. That’s very different from what’s at issue here, to say the least.”

After calling out the decision for being European in nature, instead of listening to voters, Ramaswamy made a pledge to “withdraw” from the race “unless and until” Trump is restored to the ballot.

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That’s when the Colorado Republican Party chimed in with a response to Ramaswamy.

“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,” the post to X read.

The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party Dave Williams said that the Party will “appeal this to the Supreme Court.”

“We're going to appeal this to the United States Supreme Court,” Williams said. “We're a party to the case and we're not going to take this lying down. And if need be, we're going to withdraw from the primary and go to a strict caucus process that would allow our voters to choose Donald Trump if they want.”

Newsweek also reported that Williams noted the move by the Colorado Supreme Court is equivalent to “election interference.”

Fellow GOP presidential candidates all condemned the move by the court, saying the decision should be left up to the voters.


And GOP candidate Nikki Haley reportedly said, "We don't need to have judges making these decisions, we need voters to make these decisions."


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