GOP Returns Fire On Ballot Removal Tactics

Three Republican state representatives, Aaron Bernstine of Pennsylvania, Charlice Byrd of Georgia, and Cory McGarr of Arizona, are spearheading an effort to remove Joe Biden from the ballots in their respective swing states next year. The move comes in response to last week’s Colorado Supreme Court decision that barred President Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s ballot based on the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

In a joint statement, the three Republicans vehemently criticized the Colorado ruling as a “stain on the American political system.” In turn, they argue that Biden should also be disqualified from appearing on presidential ballots in their states next year under the same legal logic. They argue that Biden’s open borders policies, his responsibility for the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, and his direct involvement in his son Hunter Biden’s corrupt foreign business activities should disqualify him under the requirements of the 14th Amendment.

While the hope of direct success for their legislative plan is the epitome of a political longshot, the lawmakers admit that its actual purpose is to show the hypocrisy and absurdity of the Colorado decision. Their stated goal is to ensure all candidates have the opportunity to be on the ballot in every state. They are at least attempting to have Democrats have a small taste of what having the shoe on the other foot feels like.

Despite the uphill battle in states like Pennsylvania, where Democrats hold a slim majority in the state House, these GOP lawmakers are undeterred. While controversial, their work is part of a growing trend in American politics where state-level maneuvers increasingly influence national electoral outcomes, particularly in critical swing states.

State officials from around the country have echoed similar sentiments. Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has hinted to reporters that Biden’s border policies might justify his removal from the Texas ballot.

In a strong stand against last week’s ruling, GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy withdrew from Colorado’s primary ballot in protest, urging fellow Republican candidates to follow suit.

The move by these Republican lawmakers is a statement about the poor condition of American democracy and the need to preserve its integrity against what they view as partisan judicial overreach.