Former President Donald Trump got a rare defense from California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) over efforts to kick the former president off the state’s 2024 ballot.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to kick the former president of the state’s ballot has prompted other states to consider doing the same. Newsom, however, disagrees with the ruling, adding that polls are where candidates are defeated.

“There is no doubt that Donald Trump is a threat to our liberties and even to our democracy,” Newsom said in a statement. “But in California, we defeat candidates at the polls. Everything else is a political distraction.”

Newsom’s comments come after California Democratic Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis asked Secretary of State Shirley Weber to move to kick Trump off the ballot.

“I urge you to explore every legal option to remove former President Donald Trump from California’s 2024 presidential primary ballot,” Kounalakis said. “This decision is about honoring the rule of law in our country and protecting the fundamental pillars of our democracy. California must stand on the right side of history. California is obligated to determine if Trump is ineligible for the California ballot for the same reasons. There will be the inevitable political punditry about a decision to remove Trump from the ballot, but this is not a matter of political gamesmanship. This is a dire matter that puts at stake the sanctity of our constitution and our democracy.

The Colorado Supreme Court decision is however on hold pending appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fox News Legal Analyst Jonathan Turley on Thursday said he expects the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the ruling.

“In order to get to this spot, these four justices had to adopt the most sweeping interpretations at every point in order to make this actually work,” Turley added. “But I think it’s going to collapse in front of the Supreme Court. And many of us are hoping that they do speak with one voice, that they speak with a voice for all of us, with the exception of what the people that you’ve just played, that you hear, particularly on other networks. Very few citizens are celebrating this, it’s the same core that has always celebrated every effort to bag Trump. And I’m not saying that they’re wrong in their criticism of Trump. What I’m saying is they’re wrong in their means. If you want to defend democracy, practice democracy, and that’s what’s the disconnect that’s happening here.”