Dan Patrick, Texas’ Lt. Governor, and infamous stirrer is fresh off his contentious oversight of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s impeachment. And now what? He is unhappy that Donald Trump was removed from the ballot in Colorado.
What should the Lieutenant Governor do? Tell Fox News that he believes President Joe Biden should be removed from the ballot in Texas.
Patrick made the remarks on Fox News, telling host Laura Ingraham that they were justified by Biden’s border policy.
“Seeing what happened in Colorado makes me think—except we believe in democracy in Texas—maybe we should take Joe Biden off the ballot in Texas for allowing eight million people to cross the border since he’s been president disrupting our state,” Patrick said in a statement.
His remarks came only hours after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the state could remove Trump’s name from the ballot in 2024. The Court cited Trump’s participation in the Jan. 6 violence as a violation of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court ruled that Trump took part in an insurgency, rendering him unable to run for president again.
According to the court’s ruling, President Trump “then stood back and let the fighting happen, despite having the ability and authority to stop it (with his words or by calling in the military), thereby confirming that this violence was what he intended.”
Trump and his campaign quickly declared that they would appeal the judgment.
“We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits,” Trump campaign spokeswoman Steven Cheung said in a statement.
Patrick: In fact, seeing what happened in Colorado, makes me think except we believe in democracy in Texas. Maybe we should take Joe Biden off the ballot in Texas pic.twitter.com/yOE90czIMB
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 20, 2023
Biden has made few friends among Texas Democrats or immigration activists. Advocates argue that Biden is merely carrying on many of Trump’s initiatives and, at best, making things worse for immigrants. Texas Democrats have voiced outrage and irritation with the President’s border policy, claiming that the President is unconcerned about the interests of our state and would rather implement politically appealing social initiatives.
Patrick, and the heart of the Texas GOP’s Trump-supporting section, appear to prefer harsher means than passionately worded letters to the White House.
Texas has enacted legislation granting local judges the ability to deport unauthorized individuals crossing the US-Mexico border. The contentious bill sparked infighting in the Texas Republican Party between the far-right MAGA faction and the more modern traditional GOP party, which has defined state politics since 2023.