Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen maintains that Colorado’s Supreme Court ruling that kicks former President Donald Trump off the state’s 2024 presidential ballot will hurt the Democrat party and Democracy in general.
In an unprecedented decision, partisan judges on the CO SCOTUS just REMOVED the leading presidential candidate from the ballot.
Overturning over a century of judicial precedent.
This is HISTORIC election interference.
SCOTUS MUST overrule. https://t.co/N82Y86KB2R
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) December 19, 2023
The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday found that the state courts do not need an act of Congress to remove Trump from the ballot. The court ruled in a 4-3 decision that the former president violated the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” and is ineligible to be on Colorado’s ballot.
The all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court ruled that Trump engaged in an insurrection against the US on January 6th. This targeted lawsuit, filed by a Soros-funded outlet, is aimed at setting a precedent and denying the people their right to vote. pic.twitter.com/GkayD7J1X4
— Jesse Watters (@JesseBWatters) December 20, 2023
Schoen, who appeared on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” told host Bret Baier that the ruling will not only hurt democracy, it will also hurt the Democrat party. The Democrat pollster urged President Joe Biden to pressure the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision.
“Well, this is one Democrat who believes this is gonna hurt Democrats and certainly hurt democracy,” Schoen said. “You know, Donald Trump has not been convicted of anything, and to kick him off the ballot preemptively is to me anti-democratic and against the interests of the Democratic Party. Donald Trump has a lot of negatives, but to throw him off the ballot, based on allegations which have not been fully vetted in a court of law, with appeals, is to me contrary to everything our country stands for. And I’m a Biden supporter. I would vote for Joe Biden tomorrow. But I would tell Joe Biden that he should press the Supreme Court to get Donald Trump back on the Colorado ballot, indeed on every ballot.”
Trump’s GOP presidential rival, Vivek Ramaswamy, echoed Schoen’s sentiments, adding the ruling is “what an actual attack on democracy looks like.
This is what an *actual* attack on democracy looks like: in an un-American, unconstitutional, and *unprecedented* decision, a cabal of Democrat judges are barring Trump from the ballot in Colorado. Having tried every trick in the book to eliminate President Trump from running in…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 19, 2023
“This is what an ‘actual’ attack on democracy looks like,” Ramaswamy wrote on X. “In an un-American, unconstitutional, and ‘unprecedented’ decision, a cabal of Democrat judges are barring Trump from the ballot in Colorado. Having tried every trick in the book to eliminate President Trump from running in this election, the bipartisan Establishment is now deploying a new tactic to bar him from ever holding office again: the 14th Amendment. Today’s decision is the latest election interference tactic to silence political opponents and swing the election for whatever puppet the Democrats put up this time by depriving Americans of the right to vote for their candidate of choice.”
The Tuesday ruling is currently on hold pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.