GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy repeated his pledge to withdraw from the poll in states that take away former President Trump, and his name for different Republican candidates to do the identical.
In an interview on “NewsNation Prime” Monday, Ramaswamy instructed host Natasha Zouves his purpose was to “nullify” Maine and Colorado — the 2 states which have to this point eliminated Trump from their ballots — by boycotting their elections.
“Yeah, look, it wasn’t in protest. I’m truly a really sensible individual. I feel that it was deeply unconstitutional and fallacious for one particular person secretary of state, with none trial or process or the rest, simply to determine and get up in the future Donald Trump’s not on the poll. That’s fallacious,” stated Ramaswamy.
Maine and Colorado have disqualified Trump from operating for workplace primarily based on their interpretation of how the 14th Modification’s riot clause applies to Trump’s actions across the storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
In Maine, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows made the dedication, although she paused it, pending an enchantment.
Colorado’s Supreme Court docket — a physique Ramaswamy known as “a cabal of judges” — reached the same conclusion, although the state Republican Social gathering has appealed the choice, and the Trump marketing campaign has vowed to take action as effectively.
“In the event that they’re going to behave in that unconstitutional manner, the Republican candidates can truly cease this type of election interference. So I stated I might take away my identify from these ballots, and I known as on the opposite Republicans within the race to do the identical factor,” Ramaswamy stated.
“Now, the others have been sidestepping the problem, have been radio silent on it. But when each Republican removes themselves, that nullifies Maine and it nullifies Colorado in the event that they take away a candidate unconstitutionally from that poll.”
The constitutionality of the removals has not but been decided, as the US Supreme Court docket has by no means dominated on the appliance of the riot clause.
That clause bans from workplace anybody who “having beforehand taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the US, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an government or judicial officer of any State, to assist the Structure of the US, shall have engaged in riot or rise up in opposition to the identical, or given support or consolation to the enemies thereof.”
Trump’s detractors say his actions on Jan. 6 match that definition; his defenders say the occasions of that day don’t quantity to “riot or rise up.”
Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Ramaswamy’s fellow non-Trump GOP presidential candidates, have all denounced efforts to dam Trump from collaborating in elections.
“In the event that they take away Trump’s identify, my identify is off too and I name on Ron DeSantis, and Nikki Haley and Chris Christie to do the identical factor. Their phrases are low cost. Motion speaks louder than phrases,” Ramaswamy stated.
“Now, their unwillingness to try this, I feel reveals that they’re truly complicit partially, in what’s taking place, even when not directly. I feel it’s unconstitutional and we have to stand on precept, so my place is evident.”
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