Conservative entrepreneur and 2024 GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has stirred the political landscape with a theory that the Republican establishment is covertly working to keep former President Donald Trump off of primary ballots.
Ramaswamy suggested that there is an ongoing, concerted effort within the GOP to sideline Trump. According to him, the move is not just about distancing the party from Trump’s controversial persona, but rather about positioning a ‘chosen candidate’ by the establishment to lead the party in the upcoming elections.
“Now, the fact that they’re not doing it reveals that there’s something deeper going on,” he said. “This isn’t just the Democrats. There’s a force within the Republican establishment that’s propped up a chosen puppet and they’re actually rooting for this same outcome every bit as much as the Democrats are.”
The Republican candidate’s statement comes in the wake of recent developments where Trump’s eligibility for ballot access has been denied in Colorado and now Maine. Ramaswamy pledged to withdraw his own candidacy in any other states where Trump is forcibly removed from the ballot. He then once again challenged Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis to do the same.
Maine’s Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, ruled Trump ineligible to appear on the state’s 2024 Republican primary ballot on Thursday. The decision, stemming from challenges based on the Fourteenth and Twenty-Second Amendments, marked another significant moment in political history.
The ruling addressed the disqualification of those who have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the United States. The Secretary of State concluded, “Mr. Trump’s primary petition is invalid…he is not qualified to hold the office of the President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
Ramaswamy continued, “This isn’t the end of the road, this is just the beginning of what they’re planning to pull in 2024. And you mark my words on that. This is a system that has decided by hell or high water, at one cost or another, they will eliminate this man from contention in this election.”
“You see that happening Colorado two days ago, Maine today. You wait for what’s happening in 2024, and I’m worried for this country.”
The ruling also addressed a challenge under the Twenty-Second Amendment, which limits the number of terms a person can be elected as President. However, the Secretary of State found that Trump’s claims regarding the 2020 election do not disqualify him under this amendment.
BREAKING: Maine has ruled that Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on the primary ballot in 2024.
The communists are out in full force.
Maine's Secretary of State Shenna Bellows ruled that Trump could not be on the primary ballot under the 14th Amendment.
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— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) December 29, 2023
“The events of January 6, 2021 were unprecedented and tragic,” Bellows continued. “They were an attack not only upon the Capitol and government officials, but also an attack on the rule of law. The evidence here demonstrates that they occurred at the behest of, and with the knowledge and support of, the outgoing President. The U.S. Constitution does not tolerate an assault on the foundations of our government.”
Within a matter of minutes of the decision being reported, Steven Cheung, Trump Campaign Spokesman sent out a statement bashing Bellows:
“We are witnessing, in real-time, the attempted theft of an election and the disenfranchisement of the American voter. Democrats in blue states are recklessly and un-Constitutionally suspending the civil rights of the American voters by attempting to summarily remove President Trump’s name from the ballot. Make no mistake, these partisan election interference efforts are a hostile assault on American democracy.”
The state of Maine joined Colorado as the only two states to bar the former President from the 2024 Presidential ballot.