The Colorado Supreme Court says that Donald Trump is an insurrectionist and is thus disqualified from holding the presidency in 2024. This story is not over. Trump will appeal. Some commentators are saying the Supreme Court may have to decide the matter.
Politically, Trump’s GOP presidential rivals can go one of two ways. They can either defend Trump and criticize the Colorado Supreme Court for undermining Democracy. Or they can use this decision to paint Trump as an insurrectionist whose is a threat to American democracy and American institutions.
In the hours after the Colorado Supreme Court ruling they have all taken the second option:
Chris Christie does not appear to agree with the court’s decision. He believes the American people, not the courts, should dump Trump.
Nikki Haley, currently running a distant second to Trump, wants to “beat Trump fair and square.” She opposes the decision of the Colorado court.
Ron DeSantis says that the Colorado Supreme Court is removing Trump from the ballot on “spurious legal grounds.”
Vivek Ramaswamy says he will withdraw from the Colorado primary unless Trump is put back on the ballot. He wants DeSantis, Christie, and Haley to do so as well.
A few quick comments:
First, do any of these GOP candidates want to beat Trump? If they do, they need to paint him as an insurrectionist who was behind the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. They will not do this.
Second, we are now living in a political moment when any court decision that goes against Donald Trump is a politically-motivated witch hunt.
Third, I am disappointed with Christie for folding like this.
Fourth, I don’t think anyone will care if Vivek Ramaswamy backs out of the Colorado primary.