The brief stated that the rulings would ultimately lead to “chaos” that would not be limited to a single candidate or election. “Once state courts begin removing candidates from the ballot, political opponents will begin attacking each other, damaging confidence in our election processes.” In support of their argument, they cited attempts by Republicans in Texas and other states to oust President Joe Biden from the presidential nomination over immigration concerns.
The brief supports Trump’s appeal of Colorado’s 4-3 ruling disqualifying the former president from running for president. The Colorado court found that his participation in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which it said qualified as an insurrection, made him ineligible under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and barred him from a second term as president. .
“Liberal judges and bureaucrats do not outweigh the voice of voters,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “The effort to remove Donald Trump from the presidential ticket is an attack on our electoral system and we will not rest until this election interference stops.”
The National Republican Senatorial Committee also filed an amicus brief supporting Trump with the Supreme Court earlier this week.
The briefs demonstrate the extent to which Republicans are using decisions to exclude the GOP front-runner from the ballot to drum up political support over Trump’s numerous legal problems. Republicans have tried to use the rulings to portray Democrats as undemocratic.
Colorado ruling is “election interference thinly disguised as a legal decision,” NRCC president said Richard Hudson (RN.C.) in a statement. He concluded that “the people decide their president, no one else.”
The effort also comes on the same day Biden is expected to make a public case that Trump sought to subvert the will of voters in 2020 when he attempted to remain in power despite losing the presidential election. His comments are timed to the third anniversary of the January 6 attack.
Trump’s legal team appealed the Colorado court’s ruling earlier this week and also appealed a similar decision by Maine’s Democratic Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, to exclude him from the Maine ballot.
The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case, and Trump remains on the ballots in both states as the appeals process plays out.
The mobilization effect of the three main Republican committees around Trump’s legal case comes with just 10 days left until the first nominating contest in Iowa. The RNC, which has promised to remain neutral in the GOP primaries, has been repeatedly accused by Trump’s rivals of siding with the former president in the race, where Trump continues to maintain a commanding lead in the polls.
But the rulings have had a unifying effect for Republicans, including Trump’s main rivals, who widely condemned the decisions and supported Trump’s appeal efforts.
According to a spokesperson, the RNC said it would extend this same defense to any candidate in the Republican presidential field, and the RNC and NRCC have also filed similar briefs in Minnesota and Michigan, where similar challenges have so far been unsuccessful.
Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.