Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. roundly criticized the Democratic establishment over its latest anti-Trump action. The Colorado Supreme Court decided Monday to strip the former president from the state’s Republican primary ballot over “insurrection” claims.
Kennedy said he is “troubled” by the move to rip the preferred choice of the Colorado GOP from their voting options. “The court has deprived him of a consequential right without having been convicted of a crime.” He noted that Trump has not been afforded the opportunity to confront his accusers.
Instead of such blatant judicial activism, Kennedy said “it’s time to trust the voters. It is up to the people to decide who the best candidate is. Not the courts. The people. That’s Democracy 101.”
RFK Jr. is not the only candidate to express their horror at the blatant disregard for due process and the will of the people.
Republican primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy vowed on Monday to erase his name from the state ballot in protest. He will only appear as a choice for voters, he declared, if Trump is also present on the ballot.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, another Trump rival, blasted the move by leftists to invoke “democracy” to explain their use of power. They act in this manner, he said, “even if it means abusing judicial power to remove a candidate from the ballot based on spurious legal grounds.”
The lawsuit filed by six Colorado voters to keep Trump off the state ballot proved successful, though it will certainly head to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The justices in their 4-3 decision ruled that the 45th president violated the Fourteenth Amendment and engaged in “insurrection.” This followed by one month a lower court’s decision that Trump violated the Constitution.
Trump’s attorneys argue that the courts lack authority to decide who voters may cast their ballots for under the provision. Kennedy echoed this sentiment in the aftermath of the shocking ruling.
The independent declared, “When any candidate is deprived of his right to run, the American people are deprived of their right to choose.” Kennedy said the erroneous decision should be “swiftly” reversed.
Stripping Trump from the ballot, he said, will only add to the perception that elites are deciding who may lead the country by manipulating the system. This, of course, has been the contention of many supporters of the former president for three years.