GOP presidential contender Ramaswamy spoke about his opposition to rulings by Maine and Colorado barring Trump from their state ballots. The outspoken Republican challenged his rivals Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis to do the same and drop out of those ballots.
Vivek stands with Trump
Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has promised to drop out of the Maine GOP if the state is successful in barring Donald Trump from its ballot and challenged his fellow GOP contenders to do the same, doubling down on a commitment he made in Colorado amid the escalating legal controversy.
The billionaire took to X to slam Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision to remove Trump after determining that the former President has disqualified himself from running for reelection by illegally seeking to overturn the 2020 election.
Ramaswamy tweeted: “This is what an *actual* threat to democracy looks like. The system is hellbent on taking this man out, the Constitution be damned. I stand by my prior pledge to *withdraw* from any state’s ballot that ultimately removes Trump from its ballot.”
Vivek calls on GOP rivals to follow suit
“I call on DeSantis, Christie, and Haley to do the same – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal and brazen election interference in the GOP primary”, he added. “This cancer in American politics isn’t limited to the Democrats.”
Colorado protest paused for the time being
Ramaswamy made a similar statement after Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s actions, that led to his supporter’s violent rampage through the Capitol on January 6 2021, had rendered him ineligible to run for President under the third section of the 14th Amendment.
Ramaswamy’s boycotting of the ballot is on hold since Trump was reinstated on Colorado’s ballot pending a final determination by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Michigan keeps Trump on its ballot
Meanwhile, the Michigan Supreme Court recently rejected a bid to remove the former President from the swing state’s ballot. Maine and Colorado are both Democratic-leaning states with large Republican stretches. But the New England state awards its electoral votes via congressional district, which put a single elector in Trump’s 2020 column.
Ramaswamy stands firm
Ramaswamy doubled down on his pledge in a recent interview on NewsNation Prime, telling host Natasha Zouves his aim was to “nullify” Maine and Colorado by boycotting their elections.
“Yeah, look, it wasn’t in protest. I’m actually a very practical person. I think that it was deeply unconstitutional and wrong for one individual secretary of state, without any trial or procedure or anything else, just to decide and wake up one day Donald Trump’s not on the ballot. That’s wrong,” Ramaswamy said.
The state Republican Party has appealed the Colorado Supreme Court ruling, and the Trump campaign has vowed to do so. Ramaswamy referred to the state’s Supreme Court as “a cabal of judges”.
Ramaswamy calls out DeSantis, Haley and Christie
“Now, the others have been sidestepping the issue, have been radio silent on it. But if every Republican removes themselves, that nullifies Maine and it nullifies Colorado, if they remove a candidate unconstitutionally from that ballot,” Ramaswamy said.
Nikki Haley blasts Trump’s removal
Former South Carolina governor and GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley has addressed the ruling, arguing the decision is “truly unthinkable”. “The idea that judges are going to take it upon themselves to decide who can and can’t be on the ballot is truly unthinkable,” Haley added in an interview with Fox News’s Martha MacCallum. “And I think the people of Colorado should be furious.”
Ron DeSantis gives his take
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also stood in opposition to the rulings, telling the crowd at the Westside Conservative Club Breakfast in Iowa: “What the left, the media and the Democrats are doing — they’re doing all this stuff, to basically solidify support in the primary for him, get him into the general, and the whole general election is going to be all this legal stuff.”
But for Ramaswamy, these comments didn’t go far enough. “If they remove Trump’s name, my name is off too and I call on Ron DeSantis, and Nikki Haley and Chris Christie to do the same thing. Their words are cheap. Action speaks louder than words,” Raswamy argued.
GOP rivals complicit in silencing Trump
“Now, their unwillingness to do that, I think reveals that they’re actually complicit in part, in what’s happening, even if indirectly. I think it’s unconstitutional and we need to stand on principle, so my position is clear.”