Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick threatened to take President Joe Biden off the 2024 presidential ballot in Texas. 

Patrick made the comment during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. His remark was in response to the Colorado Supreme Court disqualifying former President Donald Trump from being on the 2024 presidential ballot. 

He also commented on the Biden administration’s failed border policies, which have led to millions of illegal aliens crossing the southwest border.

“We’re fed up,” said Patrick. “In fact, seeing what happened in Colorado tonight, Laura, makes me think—except we believe in democracy in Texas—maybe we should take Joe Biden off of the ballot in Texas for allowing eight million people to cross the border since he’s been president.”

On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled under Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment that Trump should be disqualified from holding the presidency. The clause is meant to prevent anyone from holding state or federal office who has sworn an oath to support the Constitution and engaged in an insurrection.

Because of Trump’s conduct surrounding the January 6 incident, the court ordered that the secretary of state must exclude his name from the state’s Republican presidential primary ballot.

“We conclude that because President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three, it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list President Trump as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot,” wrote the court’s majority. “Therefore, the Secretary may not list President Trump’s name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot, nor may she count any write-in votes cast for him.”

The Colorado court also stayed its own ruling until January 4, 2024, “subject to any further appellate proceedings.”

Trump’s campaign has since said they would file an appeal to the decision.

“We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits,” said Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung. 

Similar disqualification challenges have been filed in multiple states. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.