Republican presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy has asked the US Supreme Court to reverse its decision that disqualified Donald Trump from running in Colorado.
The justices were informed by Ramaswamy, who had previously spoken out against the Colorado court’s decision, that he disagreed with the state court’s determination that the so-called insurrectionist ban applied to the presidency in a friend-of-the-court brief that was submitted on Thursday.
While acknowledging the significance of the Colorado ruling, he emphasised that its potential impact “will extend far beyond the dispute over President Trump’s eligibility.” He warned that this could encourage state voters and decisionmakers to seek ways to remove candidates from the ballot for their own personal and professional gain.
“For state supreme court justices and secretaries of state, the way to national fame will be revealed: To gain credibility among fellow party members, just come up with an excuse to rule out the candidature of a presidential candidate from the other side,” he informed the justices.
Voters will get the same message: look for comments or policies from unpopular candidates that involve military rhetoric or had unforeseen repercussions, and then question them under Section 3. The filing referred to the Constitutional provision at issue in the case and predicted that both the number of complaints and the number of discordant decisions would increase.
Last month, after the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling, Ramaswamy made a solemn promise not to participate in the Colorado GOP primary unless Trump is permitted to be on the ballot.
Last week, Colorado’s top election official validated the 2024 presidential primary ballots, which included Trump’s name on the Republican side. The decision in the state has been put on hold until the US Supreme Court decides the matter.
On February 8, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case. They are currently deciding whether to reverse the verdict of the lower court.