Maine Secretary Of State Kicks Donald Trump Off Ballot 

Daily Report December 29,2023

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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