In a recent development within the Republican party, presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy expressed his discontent over fellow GOP contenders’ lack of support for his solidarity move with former President Trump. Ramaswamy made headlines by withdrawing his name from the Colorado primary ballot, a decision he described on Fox News as a stand against unconstitutional actions.
Speaking to Maria Bartiromo, alongside his wife Dr. Apoorva Ramaswamy, the entrepreneur and political figure criticized the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to exclude Trump from the state’s ballot. He called the move an affront to American electoral principles, where voters, not judges, should determine leadership.
Ramaswamy’s stance was clear: he urged fellow Republicans like Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis to join him in withdrawing from the Colorado ballot as a protest against what he viewed as blatant election interference. His disappointment was palpable when his call for unity went unheeded.
Emphasizing the importance of constitutional values over political victory, Ramaswamy stood firm on his decision. He argued that the integrity of the Republic and its electoral process should be paramount. The court’s ruling, based on the 14th Amendment and Trump’s involvement in the Capitol riot of January 6, 2021, remains under a stay pending likely appeals.
Ramaswamy’s strong reaction to the court’s decision was voiced on social media, where he called the ruling an attack on democracy and an unconstitutional act by Democrat-appointed judges.
While other GOP candidates have not followed in Ramaswamy’s footsteps by removing their names from the ballot, they have expressed solidarity with Trump in their own ways. Ron DeSantis criticized the judicial overreach on social media, Nikki Haley called for voter-driven decision-making, and Chris Christie, a notable critic of Trump, stated his belief that voters, not courts, should decide Trump’s political fate.
This unfolding drama within the Republican party highlights the complexities and divisions as the race for the presidential nomination intensifies, with constitutional principles and party solidarity at the forefront of the debate.