Binkley Previously Filed His Own Suit In Minnesota Also Addressing Ballot Access at the Heart of Our Democracy
Presidential candidate Ryan Binkley is disappointed in Tuesday’s Colorado Supreme Court decision prohibiting voters from casting their ballot for Donald Trump in the Colorado primary.
“This ruling sets a scary precedent,” Binkley said. “It is not right to let four partisan Democrat judges on the Colorado Supreme Court decide for all Coloradans and Americans the next presidential election, based on a case brought by a DC-based left leaning group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics.”
Binkley noted that the ruling contradicts the Elections Clause in the U.S. Constitution, which states: The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof.
“Judges and private state parties deciding who can participate in taxpayer-funded elections is wrong. I am fighting a similar battle with the state of Minnesota, and my case will be heard by the Minnesota Supreme Court,” Binkley said. “The Minnesota Republican Party is not allowing my name to be on the ballot despite obtaining ballot access in 23 states and counting, and despite my campaign receiving more than 82,000 unique donations. Keeping legitimate candidates off the ballot silences the voices of many Americans, which by nature attacks the heart of this nation’s democracy.”
Binkley is confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will reverse this unconstitutional order.
“This is the first time in history that Section 3 of the 14th Amendment has been used to disqualify a presidential candidate,” Binkley said. “This ruling overturned a district court judge who said Trump could not be barred from the ballot because it was unclear that the provision was intended to cover the presidency. This sets a dangerous precedent, where more courts and election officials will follow Colorado’s lead and begin to decide who can and can’t participate in elections.”
Binkley concurred with the three dissenters, Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright, Justice Maria E. Berkenkotter and Justice Carlos Samour, who argued the constitutional questions were too complex to be solved in a state hearing.
“Our government cannot deprive someone of the right to hold public office without due process of law,” Samour wrote in his dissent. “Even if we are convinced that a candidate committed horrible acts in the past — dare I say, engaged in insurrection — there must be procedural due process before we can declare that individual disqualified from holding public office.”
Binkley is co-founder and CEO of mergers and acquisitions firm Generational Group and co-founder and lead pastor of Create Church, both in the Dallas area. He launched his presidential campaign in April. As an expert in finance, Binkley is introducing a new economic approach through his campaign proposals to secure the border, balance the budget and reform healthcare.
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