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ICYMI: Emmer celebrates unanimous Supreme Court ballot ruling

WASHINGTON – In an exclusive statement to Fox News, Majority Whip Tom Emmer commended the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision overturning Colorado’s unconstitutional attempt to kick Donald Trump off the presidential ballot. Whip Emmer called the ruling a “historic win for democracy and the American people.”

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Trump-aligned lawmakers celebrate unanimous Supreme Court ballot ruling
Julia Johnson
March 4, 2024

Lawmakers who support former President Donald Trump celebrated the Supreme Court's unanimous decision Monday to reject the state of Colorado's attempt to keep the former president off their presidential ballot, citing the 14th Amendment. 

All nine justices, appointed by both Democratic and Republican presidents, agreed that states lack the authority "under the Constitution to enforce Section 3 with respect to federal offices, especially the Presidency." However, they may do so in regard to state office. 

In an exclusive statement to Fox News Digital, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., said, "I wholeheartedly agree with the Supreme Court: Voters should determine who is or isn’t on the ballot, not liberal activist judges. Today's ruling is a historic win for democracy and the American people."

House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., also applauded the court's ruling, saying in a statement, "States engaging in the same activist, undemocratic behaviors should take notice and leave it to the American people to decide who will be president." 

Johnson notably sent an amicus brief on the case to the Supreme Court, along with House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, 135 House Republicans, and 41 Senate Republicans ahead of the decision. At the time, they argued "the Colorado Supreme Court’s opinion tramples on the prerogatives of members of Congress."

"We the people decide elections, not unelected radical leftists," Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., added in her own statement. 

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., also cheered the decision, writing on X: "Grateful that SCOTUS blocked Democrats from unconstitutionally attempting to remove @realDonaldTrump from the ballot. President Trump is the choice of the American people!"

"The right decision. Glad to see the Supreme Court stand up to the extreme left’s attempts to undermine our democracy," said Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., in a post to X. 

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, called the decision a "Big win for common sense and democracy!" 

"9-0. The commies will have to find other ways to "defend democracy". #MAGA," Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., added, noting the decision's unanimity. 

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., similarly referred to the decision as "a victory for the rule of law," in a statement. 

"BREAKING: The Supreme Court defends democracy against radical leftist low-tier judges. Despite the Far Left’s never-ending political witch-hunt against Donald Trump, the Constitution and our democracy prevailed," wrote Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., on X. 

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., echoed this sentiment, slamming Colorado's move as an "absurd political attempt to block President Donald Trump from the ballot."

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., said he was "glad" to see the court choose "the side of freedom."

On Monday, Democrats were largely quiet on the Supreme Court's ruling. 

Social media profiles for Democratic leaders in Congress were void of any mention of the decision, even as some posted about other issues. Democratic offices further did not release statements on the matter, as their Republican colleagues did. Calls placed seeking comment from President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D–N.Y., and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D–N.Y., were not immediately returned.