Maine bars Trump from state primary ballot—The Boston Globe
Maine’s Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, has removed former President Donald Trump from the 2024 primary ballot, invoking the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban.” This move, pending a potential appeal, follows a similar decision by the Colorado Supreme Court. Bellows, a Democrat, emphasized her obligation to uphold the Constitution and cited compelling evidence linking Trump to the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack. She argued that Trump’s false narrative of election fraud and incendiary rhetoric contributed to the violence.
The decision marks a significant victory for Trump’s critics, with the 14th Amendment becoming a focal point in several states. Trump’s campaign spokesman accused Bellows of unconstitutional interference, while legal experts anticipate the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately resolve the matter. Bellows drew parallels to the Colorado ruling, stating her decision aligns with the state’s authority to ensure qualified candidates on the ballot. The secretary’s decision is on hold pending a ruling from Maine’s Superior Court, emphasizing the urgency given the approaching deadline for sending out ballots. Bellows expressed willingness to abide by the U.S. Supreme Court’s eventual ruling on this contentious issue.
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