Ron DeSantis Dismisses Calls To Step Aside In Maine

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Ron DeSantis has rolled his eyes on Tuesday during an interview with Fox News in which he was asked about Vivek Ramaswamy’s call for the GOP to boycott Maine after its secretary of state ruled former President Donald Trump ineligible for the presidency. 

The Florida governor slammed Maine’s anti-democratic actions but reiterated that he’s not running to be famous or a sidekick to Trump. He’s running to win and become president.

The Hill writes

Ramaswamy argued that the decision, which is largely based on Trump’s perceived role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, is unconstitutional. He said the unwillingness of DeSantis, Haley and Christie to take their names off in solidarity with Trump “reveals that they’re actually complicit” in what is happening.

DeSantis denounced the biotech entrepreneur’s request in an interview with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham.

“Just absurd. I mean, I have a responsibility to accumulate delegates,” DeSantis said in the interview Tuesday, highlighted by Mediaite. “I’m not gonna unilaterally cede any, I’m gonna win as many as I can, and I’ve been very clear about both of those decisions and those states.”

The Florida governor continued, saying he believes the decisions in Maine and Colorado are “not consistent with the Constitution” and he does “expect them to get reversed” by the Supreme Court.

According to recent reports, Donald Trump’s campaign has appealed to a Maine court asking it overturn the decision made by the state’s top election official. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that “Trump’s legal team filed a suit in Kennebec County Superior Court defending his eligibility for office and challenging the authority of Maine’s secretary of state to disqualify him from its primary contest.

Maine’s Democratic secretary of state, Shenna Bellows, issued a written decision Thursday finding that Trump incited an insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 following his loss in the 2020 presidential election. 

His actions, she held, disqualified him from a second term under the 14th Amendment, which bars from public office those who swore to defend the Constitution and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the U.S.”

The move from the Maine Democrat came after a court in Colorado ruled similarly against Trump, removing him from that state’s ballot. 

The former president has not been charged, let alone convicted, of inciting an insurrection against the United States.

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