Another state kicked former President Donald Trump off the 2024 Republican primary ballot Thursday, citing the insurrectionist clause of the 14th Amendment.
Maine became the second state to disqualify the former president from its ballot after Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows concluded that Trump’s primary petition was invalid.
Now, Trump is off the ballot in Maine. Remember folks, the radical leftist/marxists in charge don’t care about rules, decency, decorum, or anything other than power. They will silence and/or jail their opponents at all costs….
Until we wake up, nothing will stop them.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 29, 2023
Bellows held a hearing on three separate challenges to Trump’s eligibility on Maine’s ballot. Mary Ann Royal and Kimberly Rosen filed one petition each, while Thomas Saviello and Ethan Strimling jointly filed the fourth petition. The three petitions, citing the insurrectionist clause of the 14th Amendment, argued that Trump engaged in an insurrection on Jan. 6. 2021.
A random person in Maine decides one day that Trump shouldn’t be on the ballot & there you go. It’s unconstitutional. It’s monarchical. It’s anti-American. But it’s happening. Time to wake up. pic.twitter.com/wsAzPVWbc1
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 29, 2023
Section three of the 14th Amendment states that no individual should be allowed to public office if they have engaged in an insurrection or rebellion or given aid or comfort to the enemies of the state.
Bellows, on Thursday, sided with the petitioners when she found that the former president engaged in insurrection.
“For the reasons set forth below, I conclude that Mr. Trump’s primary petition is invalid,” Bellows wrote. “Specifically, I find that the declaration on his candidate consent form is false because he is not qualified to hold the office of the President under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
.@JackPosobiec on Maine barring Trump from the ballot:
"They are just going to keep doing this throughout the entire year, and what they're going to try to do is time it so that you will have Trump stripped from the ballot without enough time for him to fight it in court…" pic.twitter.com/NqKNJ6RGoq
— Human Events (@HumanEvents) December 29, 2023
Bellows maintains that evidence relating to the January 6 protest happened on Trump’s order. She added that the petitioners presented meaningful evidence that the Capitol protest was indeed an insurrection. Bellows noted that the former president has not provided any evidence to counter the petitioners.
CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig in Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows removing Trump from the ballot: “She based her ruling on a lot of documents, but also YouTube clips, news reports, things that would never pass the bar in normal court. She’s not a lawyer, by the way” pic.twitter.com/aQeMzKeAtY
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) December 29, 2023
Bellows’ decision comes just days after the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that the former president violated the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” and is ineligible to be on the ballot in the state.
The justices, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that Colorado courts do not need an act of Congress to remove the former president from the state’s ballot.
The two rulings against the former president are on hold pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The former president will be allowed to stay on the ballot till SCOTUS rules on the appeal.