Former President Donald Trump’s Republican rivals Wednesday blasted the Colorado Supreme Court’s bombshell ruling that bans Trump from the state’s 2024 presidential ballot in that state.
All the major GOP candidates quickly denounced the ruling, which says Trump is barred by the 14th Amendment from serving as president because he participated in an insurrection against the United States.
“We don’t need to have judges making these decisions,” former UN ambassador Nikki Haley told supporters late Tuesday at an Iowa campaign event, according to the Des Moines Register. “We need voters to make these decisions.”
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted that the U.S. Supreme Court should reverse the Colorado decision.
Chris Chrstie, the harshest critic of Trump, said he wants the former president to be given a pink slip by voters, not judges.
“He should be prevented from being president of the United States by the voters of this country,” Christie said at a New Hampshire event, according to The Hill.
The Colorado decision, which could lead to courts in other states making similar rulings, can only be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump himself denounced the ruling. “A sad day in America,” he wrote on his social media site.
His legal team vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court, but there was no word on when they might do so.
Colorado officials say they must print 2024 primary ballots by Jan. 5 and will abide by the state supreme court ruling barring Trump unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes.
The state will hold its primary on March 4, dubbed Super Tuesday because of the large number of states holding primaries that day.
Colorado Republicans vowed to come up with a work around to allow Trump to vie for the state’s GOP delegates in the nominating process, possibly by shifting from a primary to a caucus.
Each state has their own election laws and procedures. The U.S. Supreme Court normally avoids weighing in on election-related rulings by state courts.
Several other state courts are considering lawsuits seeking similar bans of Trump but it’s unclear if the Colorado ruling will lead to new suits.
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