Ramaswamy Will Withdraw From CO Primary Over Trump Removal

Republican presidential primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has declared that he will voluntarily remove his name from the Colorado GOP primary unless the state’s Supreme Court ruling blocking former President Donald Trump from the primary ballot is overturned.

On Tuesday, the Colorado State Supreme Court declared that Trump’s name should not be allowed on the state’s primary ballot, claiming that he was disqualified from running due to blatantly false claims of incitement of insurrection. The court’s decision to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters who support the GOP presidential frontrunner has led to numerous conservatives demanding the case be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which the Colorado Supreme Court appeared to expect, according to its ruling.

“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 decision read.

“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 wrote. “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.”

Ramaswamy spoke out almost immediately after the ruling, condemning the Colorado Supreme Court for their “unconstitutional” attack on “democracy.” He also vowed to withdraw his name from the Colorado presidential primary ballot if Trump’s name was not included, and called on his fellow GOP primary candidates to do the same.

“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: the 14th Amendment,” Ramaswamy wrote.

“I pledge to *withdraw* from the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is also allowed to be on the state’s ballot, and I demand that Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, and Nikki Haley to do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous consequences for our country,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign has already vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court, with Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung issuing a statement that read: “The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision.”