Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to withdrawal despite urging from Ramaswamy

 December 30, 2023

When Colorado's Supreme Court removed former President Donald Trump from the state's ballot, Vivek Ramaswamy responded by withdrawing from the Colorado primary race and demanding that others do the same.

However, that call to drop out wasn't well received by Ramaswamy's competitors, with Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis making clear that he has no intention of doing so.

State Supreme Court cited 14th Amendment in disqualifying Trump

ABC News reported that Ramaswamy's announcement came on the same day Colorado's highest judicial body ruled that Trump is ineligible to stand for election.

According to the network, four out of seven justices found that Trump's behavior following the 2020 presidential election amounted to an insurrection under Section 3 of the Constitution's 14th Amendment.

Often referred to as the "Insurrection Clause," it states,

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Ramaswamy says those who don't withdraw are "endorsing" decision

ABC News noted that this led Ramaswamy to issue a statement in which he promised "to withdraw from the Colorado GOP primary ballot until Trump is also allowed to be on the ballot."

What's more, the candidate demanded "Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie and Nikki Haley do the same immediately – or else they are tacitly endorsing this illegal maneuver which will have disastrous consequences for our country."

Just the News noted that when asked one day later about Ramaswamy's pledge by Newsmax, DeSantis denied that he would be following suit, insisting that such a move would be "just playing into the left."

Trump back on ballot while Supreme Court here's appeal

"I think the case will get overturned by the Supreme Court, but I've qualified for all the ballots, I'm competing in all the states, and I'm gonna accumulate the delegates necessary," the governor continued.

"That's the whole name of the game in this situation, but I do anticipate that decision was political and will get reversed," DeSantis added.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold issued a statement on Thursday that Trump's name will remain on the ballot while an appeal to the United States Supreme Court is being litigated.

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