RFK Jr. Blasts Colorado Removing Trump From Ballot

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. blasted the decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to remove Donald Trump from the Republican presidential primary ballot in the state.

On Wednesday, RFK Jr., the presidential candidate who switched from the Democratic Party to being an independent, said that every American should be “troubled” by the state high court’s decision.

On the social media platform X, RFK Jr. sent a multi-thread message that outlined his opposition to the ruling.

“It is up to the people to decide who the best candidate is. Not the courts,” he wrote in part. “The people. That’s Democracy 101.”

Trump also received the backing of other GOP presidential hopefuls. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy said he would withdraw from the presidential primary in Colorado should Trump be barred from appearing on the state’s ballot.

Even Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chimed in on X, writing that the Supreme Court should ultimately reverse the decision.

The controversial decision was handed down on Tuesday by the Colorado Supreme Court, which ruled that Trump was disqualified from being president because of the insurrection clause contained in the Constitution.

This marks the first time that the provision, added following the Civil War, was used to bar a candidate from running for political office. Similar efforts to remove Trump from presidential primary ballots in other states have failed to this point.

“There is no state statute that prohibits a major political party from placing on the presidential nomination primary ballot, or sending delegates to the national convention supporting, a candidate who is ineligible to hold office,” Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson wrote last month in the court’s opinion.

Despite Tuesday’s decision, Trump likely will still appear on Colorado’s presidential primary. Should he appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court — which is widely expected — his ban on appearing on the ballot would be put on hold until the high court took up the case.

That likely would happen after the Colorado primary takes place on March 5.

In the meantime, the Colorado Republican Party has threatened to change over to a caucus system instead of a traditional primary election over the state court’s decision.