Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that he is considering the possibility of removing President Joe Biden from the Florida ballot in response to efforts in Democratic states to exclude former President Donald Trump from their ballots. DeSantis made this statement in light of the recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court, which barred Trump’s name from appearing on the presidential primary ballot in the state, citing the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment.
DeSantis expressed concern that partisan secretary of states could engage in a tit-for-tat approach, removing each other’s candidates from ballots. He highlighted the consequences of such actions, pointing out that if Trump were removed from Colorado’s ballot, it could set a precedent that other states might follow.
The Florida governor referenced the ongoing immigration issue and the flow of millions of illegal immigrants over the southern border under President Biden’s administration. He suggested that there might be a credible case for considering the removal of President Biden from Florida’s ballot due to the immigration crisis.
DeSantis emphasized that he does not believe in this approach but is willing to fight back against the tactics used by Democrats. He asserted that he would not play by rules that put Republicans at a disadvantage and expressed a desire to address issues related to ballot access once he becomes president.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review the Colorado case, with oral arguments scheduled for February 8. The court’s decision on this matter could have implications for other states where efforts to exclude Trump from primary ballots are underway. Trump’s legal team is actively challenging these decisions and has accused some state officials of bias in their determinations.
DeSantis’s consideration of removing President Biden from the Florida ballot reflects the political maneuvering surrounding ballot access and the broader debate over election laws and procedures in the United States. The outcome of these legal battles will likely shape the rules and standards for future elections.