Independent presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr. has criticized the decisions made in Colorado and Maine to remove former President Donald Trump from their presidential primary ballots. Kennedy expressed his disapproval of these efforts during an interview on FNC’s “The Story.”
FNC host Martha MacCallum asked Kennedy about the Supreme Court potentially taking up the issue of removing Trump from the ballot in Colorado and Maine based on insurrection charges that he has not been formally charged with.
Kennedy responded by stating that he believes such efforts are “wrongheaded” and “counterproductive.” While he acknowledged that he is not a fan of President Trump and is running against him in the presidential race, Kennedy emphasized the importance of a fair and democratic process. He expressed his confidence in beating Trump but stressed that he does not want to win on a “slanted playing field.”
Kennedy argued that the American people want to see a fair fight, including debates and a real democratic process, where they can choose their candidate and president without the court making that decision for them. He pointed out that the decision to remove Trump from the ballot in these states appears to violate due process because Trump has not been charged with, let alone convicted of, insurrection.
In Kennedy’s view, such actions make the United States look like a “banana republic” and are detrimental to those behind the efforts. He believes that it will ultimately backfire and turn Trump into a mythological figure, amplifying the perception of unfairness. Kennedy concluded by describing these actions as short-sighted and un-American.
The debate over whether to remove Trump from primary ballots in certain states has raised questions about the principles of democracy and due process, with supporters and critics expressing varying viewpoints on the matter.