In response to the recent decision to block former President Donald Trump from the Colorado ballot, several prominent Hollywood actors have come forward to express their disapproval.
Rob Schneider, known for his comedic roles, took to social media to criticize the Democratic Party, suggesting that the actions taken against Trump were indicative of a larger, more concerning pattern of behavior.
“It was a roadmap of what the Democrats intended to do when they regained power. Can you imagine the Dem meltdown if Republicans did this to a Dem Presidential candidate?!” he wrote on X.
EVERY single thing the Democrats WARNED about Trump was not a warning at all…
It was a roadmap of what the Democrats intended to do when they regained power.
Can you imagine the Dem meltdown if Republicans did this to a Dem Presidential candidate?! https://t.co/D3pYGY32Ty
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) December 20, 2023
James Woods, another actor with a strong presence on social media, backed Trump’s innocence, noting that Trump has never been found guilty of any crime, including insurrection. Woods labeled the situation in Colorado as a “real war on democracy,” and expressed his disapproval of the decision to block Trump from the ballot.
Donald Trump has never been found guilty of any crime, ever. Most certainly he has never been convicted of insurrection.
The real "war on democracy" is being waged in Colorado. #Shame
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) December 19, 2023
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., another vocal figure in this discussion, echoed their sentiments. Kennedy Jr., although not a Trump supporter himself, argued for fairness in the electoral process, stating that he would prefer to compete against Trump in a fair election rather than see him removed from the ballot.
I’m not a Trump supporter (if I were, I wouldn’t be running against him!) But I want to beat him in a fair election, not because he was kicked off the ballot. Let the voters choose, not the courts! #Kennedy24
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) December 20, 2023
“Yeah, we’d say that’s not really a democracy,” he explained. “If they succeed, which I don’t think they will, the decision is crazy.” Kennedy Jr. said in a separate interview.
Contrary to the intention of harming Trump’s political prospects, Kennedy Jr. suggested that it could actually work in Trump’s favor. By portraying him as a victim of a rigged system, it could galvanize his supporters and strengthen their belief in his cause.
The decision, which was a close 4-3 ruling, has sparked a national conversation outside of Hollywood. Critics of the decision echo their concerns arguing that such actions could have far-reaching implications for the fundamental principles of democracy in the U.S.
The case originated from a petition filed by a group of Colorado electors, which led to a trial in the Denver District Court. The court found “clear and convincing” evidence that Trump engaged in insurrection as defined in Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.
However, the Colorado Supreme Court ultimately held that Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three, making it illegal under the Election Code for the Secretary of State to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.
“Seeing what happened in Colorado tonight…makes me think—except we believe in democracy in Texas—maybe we should take Joe Biden off the ballot in Texas for allowing 8 million people to cross the border since he’s been president, disrupting our state far more than anything anyone else has done in recent history,” Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick told Laura Ingraham on Thursday.
Trump’s team has accused the court of supporting a “Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme” to interfere in the election on behalf of Joe Biden by removing Trump’s name from the ballot. The move, they say, denies Colorado voters the right to choose their preferred candidate.
The ruling is on hold for appeal until January 4, 2024.