On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court handed down an unbelievable ruling removing former President Trump from the Republican primary ballot and consequently denying the state's Republicans the opportunity to decide who they want to represent them in the 2024 presidential election.
Election interference.— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 19, 2023
This irresponsible ruling will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court and our legal team looks forward to helping fight for a victory.
The Republican nominee will be decided by Republican voters, not a partisan state court. https://t.co/TpzY6oULhu
The Colorado lawsuit is just one of many filed in states across the country under an obscure reading of the Fourteenth Amendment. Until now, these lawsuits have been unsuccessful, but the leftist Colorado Supreme Court is apparently willing to legitimize outlandish legal arguments to reach political outcomes they prefer. Professor Jonathan Turley explained:
Even on a court composed entirely of justices appointed by Democratic governors, Colorado’s Supreme Court split 4-3 on the question. The majority admitted that this was a case "of first impression" and that there was "sparse" authority on the question. Yet, the lack of precedent or clarity did not deter these justices from making new law to block Trump from running. Indeed, the most controlling precedent appears to be what might be called the Wilde Doctrine.
In his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde wrote that “the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.” The four Colorado justices just ridded themselves of the ultimate temptation and, in so doing, put this country on one of the most dangerous paths in its history.
The court majority used a long-dormant provision in Section 3 of the 14th Amendment — the “disqualification clause” — that was written after the Civil War to bar former Confederate members from serving in the U.S. Congress.
Turley further notes how far-reaching the effects of this dangerous opinion could be:
The result is an opinion that lacks any limiting principles. It places the nation on a slippery slope where red and blue states could now engage in tit-for-tat disqualifications. According to the Colorado Supreme Court, those decisions do not need to be based on the specific comments made by figures like Trump. Instead, it ruled, courts can now include any statements made before or after a speech to establish a "true threat.”
Ironically, all the justices in the majority attended—you guessed it—Ivy League law schools.
The 4-3 majority of liberal Colorado Supreme Court justices who ruled Monday night that former President Donald Trump cannot appear on the 2024 presidential ballot in the state attended Ivy League colleges, while those in dissent attended state law schools.
The four Democratic-appointed justices who ruled to nix Trump from the primary ballot included three Ivy League graduates, showing a stark divide between the legal mindsets of those who were educated at elite institutions compared to the three justices who said they would not remove the Republican front-runner from the state's ballot.
Some of former President Trump's Republican primary opponents, Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy, have spoken out against the court's decision, further showing how the decision's effects go far beyond the ramifications for President Trump's candidacy.
The Left invokes “democracy” to justify its use of power, even if it means abusing judicial power to remove a candidate from the ballot based on spurious legal grounds. SCOTUS should reverse. https://t.co/D4pCzZ7FhY— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) December 20, 2023
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…— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 19, 2023
Independent candidate for President Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also expressed dismay with the ruling.
Every American should be troubled by the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove President Trump from the ballot.— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) December 20, 2023
The bottom line is that the radical left is engaging in lawfare meant to stop Republican candidates that they dislike from having access to the ballot. As Mark Levin wrote earlier this year, Democrats are engaging in "a vile assault on the electoral process" that, if successful, will disenfranchise voters across the country:
This entire movement is a vile assault on the electoral process directed at a single individual: Donald Trump. There is absolutely no constitutional basis for it. However, if it somehow succeeds, the implications will live far beyond today. We are left not with the rule of law but the rule of men – and in this case, the rule of Democrat Party officials and operatives and their academic allies. The party of the Confederacy once again seeks to nullify the federal Constitution and the nation’s electoral system, disenfranchise tens of millions of voters nationwide, and push the country toward its breaking point, from which we may never recover.
It's worth remembering that the Democrat Party and its surrogates are a power-hungry lot. They are also driving other dangerously illegitimate and self-serving attacks on our voting system.
The ruling out of Colorado is the kind of election interference expected out of Venezuela or Cuba, not in the United States.
This is insane. In the US, we don't allow political hacks to kick their 'enemies' off the ballot because they disagree with them. If this is the path that radical Dems choose to weaponize the courts against conservatives, we are no better than the socialist regimes in VZ & Cuba. https://t.co/05Hh5rxqUK— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) December 19, 2023
The Supreme Court must reverse the Colorado Supreme Court's decision to remove President Trump from the Republican primary ballot.