Lt. Gov. Patrick suggests taking Biden off ballot in Texas

After the Colorado Supreme Court decided to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s Republican primary ballot, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that the same could be done for President Biden in Texas.

Patrick made the remark during an interview with Fox News, where he told Laura Ingraham that because of the way the Biden administration has handled the southern border, Texas could remove him from the 2024 presidential election ballot.

“We are fed up,” Patrick said.

“In fact, seeing what happened in Colorado, Laura makes me think, except we believe in democracy in Texas. Maybe we should take Joe Biden off the ballot in Texas for allowing eight million people to cross the border since he has been president, disrupting our state far more than anything anyone else has done in recent history.”

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in a 4 to 3 ruling that Trump was disqualified from serving as U.S. president and thus cannot appear on the primary ballot in the state. The court cited Section 3 of the 14 Amendment, which prevents someone from holding public office “who shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the [United States], or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” The amendment was enacted after the U.S. Civil War to keep former members and supporters of the Confederacy from serving in the government.

“A majority of the court holds that President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution,” the ruling said. “Because he is disqualified, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Colorado Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.”

“We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” the majority opinion added. “We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.”

The Colorado Supreme Court ruling will be stayed until January 4, 2024 in order to allow the U.S. Supreme Court time to review it.

Colorado’s ruling is a reversal of a lower court’s decision that did find Trump had “engaged in insurrection” for his actions during the January 6 Capital riot but nonetheless allowed him to remain on the ballot in the state.

The Colorado Republican Party stated on social media that it “will withdraw from the Primary as a Party and convert to a pure caucus system if this is allowed to stand.”

“This is a major and extraordinary holding from a state supreme court,” wrote Derek Muller, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. “Never in history has a presidential candidate been excluded from the ballot under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

The Trump campaign has vowed to “swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision.”

“Democrat Party leaders are in a state of paranoia over the growing, dominant lead President Trump has amassed in the polls,” Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung said. “They have lost faith in the failed Biden presidency and are now doing everything they can to stop the American voters from throwing them out of office next November.”

“We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits.”

Texas-based lawyer Adam Loewy clarified online that “SCOTUS doesn’t even need to rule for Trump to stay on the ballot. They just need to take it and the stay remains and he’s on the ballot.”

With its 6 to 3 conservative majority, the U.S. Supreme Court will now be tasked with weighing one of the most consequential legal cases in recent memory.

“Removing Trump from the ballot in Colorado under this theory is spurious, likely unconstitutional, & a sadly predictable, but outrageous form of lawfare,” Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX-21) wrote online.

“SCOTUS should end this.”

U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) responded to the Colorado decision by introducing a bill to amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 by adding language that would withhold federal election administration funds to states “misusing the Fourteenth Amendment for political purposes.”

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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