Ramaswamy Stands Firm: Doubles Down on Vow to Withdraw from Maine, Colorado Ballots

GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has reiterated his commitment to removing his name from the ballots in states that exclude former President Trump from the race. In a recent interview on “NewsNation Prime,” Ramaswamy urged fellow Republican candidates to join him in boycotting elections in Maine and Colorado, the two states that have so far disqualified Trump based on their interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

Ramaswamy expressed his practical perspective, deeming it “deeply unconstitutional and wrong” for individual secretaries of state, without due process, to decide the eligibility of a candidate. He specifically targeted Maine and Colorado for their actions, asserting that the removal of Trump from the ballot in these states was a violation of constitutional principles.

The disqualifications in Maine and Colorado stem from their interpretation of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause, triggered by Trump’s actions surrounding the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Secretary of State Shenna Bellows made the determination in Maine, while Colorado’s Supreme Court, labeled a “cabal of judges” by Ramaswamy, reached a similar conclusion. Both decisions are pending appeals, with the Colorado Republican Party and the Trump campaign vowing to challenge the rulings.

Ramaswamy urged fellow Republican candidates to take a stand against what he sees as unconstitutional interference in elections. By removing their names from the ballots in these contested states, he believes that Republican candidates can nullify the outcomes and send a powerful message against what he deems an unconstitutional overreach.

The constitutionality of these removals remains uncertain, as the United States Supreme Court has yet to rule on the application of the insurrection clause. The clause, which prohibits individuals engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding office, is at the center of the debate. While Trump’s detractors argue that his actions on January 6 meet this definition, his defenders contend that they do not amount to “insurrection or rebellion.”

Not all Republican candidates share Ramaswamy’s stance. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, all non-Trump GOP presidential candidates, have denounced efforts to block Trump from participating in elections. They argue that removing Trump’s name from the ballot is an unnecessary and unjust action.

In response to the reluctance of other Republican candidates to follow suit, Ramaswamy challenged them, stating, “Their words are cheap. Action speaks louder than words.” He believes that their unwillingness to withdraw from contested states reveals a degree of complicity, even if indirect, in what he views as an unconstitutional process.

As the legal battles unfold and the constitutional questions surrounding the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause remain unanswered, Vivek Ramaswamy stands firm in his commitment to withdraw from Maine and Colorado ballots. The outcome of this principled stance, both for Ramaswamy and the broader Republican party, will likely be determined in the coming months as legal challenges progress.

H/T The Hill

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