Following the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove the former president from the Republican primary ballot, high-ranking officials from both Trump’s campaign and the Colorado Republican Party met on Thursday to strategize next steps.
According to Dave Williams, the chair of the Colorado GOP, the conversation included Clayton Henson, a former White House official who has acted as a go-between for the Trump campaign and state parties.
The Colorado court ruled that Trump could not be on the ballot due to his instigation of an uprising on January 6, and Williams added that the Colorado GOP will take this matter to the Supreme Court for review. He indicated that regardless of the ruling from the US Supreme Court, the party would approach the Republican National Committee to request a waiver so that a caucus could be held instead of a primary.
Williams, meantime, reached out to the Trump team with a request.
“I told Clayton that Republicans in Colorado would be thrilled to see Trump appear so that they could show their support in a big way,” she said. In addition, Williams expressed confidence that he will forward the information to the president. Although we would love to have him out here, we totally get that if he needs to give his full attention to Iowa, that’s okay with us.
A “check up call” was confirmed by the Trump team to follow up on the Colorado GOP’s addendum filing, which might lead to a caucus. There has been communication between the RNC and the Colorado GOP as well.
The likelihood of Trump visiting Colorado is low. In the days leading up to the Iowa caucuses on January 15, the former president is certain to engage in heavy campaigning there. In the days leading up to the January 23 primary, he will be campaigning in New Hampshire. On March 5, often known as Super Tuesday, the nominating contest will be held in Colorado, along with 17 other states and territories.
Many in Trump’s inner circle view the Colorado court’s ruling as both a legal headache and a substantial political favour. The former president is still facing serious legal trouble in a number of criminal and civil proceedings in several courts in the District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, and New York, even though most people think the decision will be overturned or delayed.
Even Trump’s Republican opponents and detractors have come to his support following the Colorado ruling. Supporters were inundated with new appeals for financial contributions. The 55-person list of lawmakers, political supporters, and legal experts—including House Speaker Mike Johnson and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)—who were included in the Trump campaign’s criticism of the Colorado court judgement was emailed out by the campaign. Like always, Trump embraced the verdict by putting himself in the victim’s shoes.
With this move, Biden will be able to further his campaign’s attack line, which was that Trump poses a threat to democracy, and redirect it on the current president and his party.
Trump branded Biden a “destroyer of American democracy” during his visit to Iowa earlier this month. Trump claimed Biden was trying to frame the legal system in his favour, even though there is zero proof that the president is involved with the four charges against him. A giant banner bearing the words “Biden Attacks Democracy” was displayed at a recent event, while black and white posters bearing the same slogan were distributed to supporters by the Trump team.
The campaign will keep pushing the narrative that Biden is “against Democracy” even after the Colorado ruling. According to Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung, that will play a “big part” going ahead.
“We must be able to bring attention to the actions of Biden and his team, who are disenfranchising voters nationwide and in these states in particular, and who are removing democracy from the control of the people and the voters,” Cheung stated.
The entire MAGA movement, even a second Trump presidency, is a danger to democracy, according to Biden. Trump has also supplied enough fodder. The ex-president has maintained his false claims regarding the 2020 elections, minimised the uprising on multiple occasions, and even recently stated that he would enjoy the power of dictatorship for a day if elected, provided he could pass legislation pertaining to drilling and immigration.
Someone connected to his campaign has brought up the idea of reorganising the Justice Department to pursue those they view as adversaries and firing government employees who disagree with their ideology.
These Trump supporters are crossing their fingers that the Colorado court’s ruling will provide Trump more political ammo in the weeks leading up to the Iowa caucuses and make things more difficult for Biden’s camp.
The 14th Amendment prohibits from holding office anyone who swore an oath to the constitution and engaged in an insurrection, but it is up to the courts to determine whether Trump is ineligible to serve under this clause. Biden told reporters on Wednesday that it was “self evident” that Trump was an insurrectionist.
There was nothing you missed. I will now step aside and let the court to decide whether the 14th Amendment applies. However, Biden stated that he was undoubtedly in favour of an uprising. There is absolutely no doubt about that. Plus, it appears like he’s going all in.