In a recent decision, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that former President Donald Trump could not be on the Colorado ballot due to his involvement in the January 6th insurrection. This ruling has sparked a response from several Republican nominees who have shown their support for Trump.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a potential presidential candidate for 2024, criticized the court's decision on social media. He accused the left of abusing judicial power and called for the Supreme Court to reverse the ruling. Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley also voiced her disagreement with the decision, stating that voters should have the final say, not judges.
The Colorado Supreme Court defended its decision, stating that they had carefully considered the legal grounds and did not make the ruling lightly. They emphasized their duty to apply the law without bias or public pressure.
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie disagreed with the ruling, calling it premature. He argued that a trial and accepted evidence of Trump's participation in the insurrection should be required before excluding him from the ballot.
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, expressed her opposition to the ruling, claiming that Democrats are "terrified of democracy." She vowed to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court and reiterated that the Republican nominee should be chosen by Republican voters, not a partisan state court.
Senator Ted Cruz called the ruling "garbage" and called on Democrats and the media to denounce the judges for trying to prevent voters from choosing the next president.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene accused the judges of stealing the election from the people of Colorado and violating their First Amendment rights. She called for the Supreme Court to strike down the ruling.
As the 2024 presidential race intensifies, the controversy surrounding Trump's eligibility for the Colorado ballot highlights the deep divisions within the Republican Party. The response from Republican nominees reflects their unwavering support for Trump, while the Colorado Supreme Court defends its decision as a necessary application of the law. The case is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court, further prolonging the debate and uncertainty surrounding Trump's potential candidacy.