Following a decision by the Colorado State Supreme Court to withhold former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot, the lieutenant governor of Texas is now proposing that his local officials have the authority to make a similar legal case against President Joe Biden.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, speaking on Fox News, said the president’s failure to stem the historic tide of illegal crossings at the southern border amounts to an “insurrection” against the American public, and as such Biden should similarly be denied access to the ballot under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.
“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,” Lt. Gov. Patrick told host Laura Ingraham.
“This is so outrageous — 10,000, 12,000, 14,000 people a day crossing the border — enough people to be the eighth largest state, it’s incredible.”
President Biden has previously accused President Trump of being an “insurrectionist,” though White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment on Colorado’s ruling. The Republican’s campaign has promised to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is already considering Trump’s argument in two federal cases that he is immune from prosecution.
President Trump, reacting to the news on Truth Social, accused his “crooked” rival of much the same.
“Crooked Joe Biden is the Insurrectionist because he let millions of unknown people come recklessly and unchecked through our insane “Open” Border, let a war begin in the Middle East and Ukraine, Weaponized our DOJ & FBI, SURRENDERED in Afghanistan when we could have left with dignity and strength – the most embarrassing event in the history of our Country, and is destroying America with the GREEN NEW SCAM!!!” Trump wrote.
Meanwhile, more ballot access challenges are sure to come Trump’s way. The Maine secretary of state may rule as soon as Friday whether the 45th president is eligible for her state’s ballot, and earlier in the day the state’s Supreme Court ruled rival Chris Christie ineligible after the former New Jersey governor sued in the wake of failing to garner enough certified signatures from voters.