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Donald Trump Disqualified From Maine Primary Ballot

Donald Trump Disqualified From Maine Primary Ballot

In a significant development on Thursday, Maine garnered attention by excluding Donald Trump from its state ballot for the upcoming US presidential primary election scheduled for next year. This decision, spearheaded by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, represents the second instance of a state disqualifying Trump due to his alleged involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol.

Bellows justified her ruling by pointing to Trump’s role in inciting an insurrection. She underscored how Trump propagated unfounded claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election, subsequently urging his supporters to march on the Capitol and disrupt the certification of the vote. In a detailed 34-page statement, Bellows emphasized the constitutional intolerance towards an assault on the foundational pillars of the government.

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In response, Trump’s campaign swiftly announced its intention to challenge this decision, labeling it as “atrocious.” Trump’s legal team argued that his statements to supporters were protected under the right to free speech, disputing the characterization of his actions as an insurrection.

The disqualification stemmed from a group of former Maine lawmakers invoking a constitutional provision that prohibits individuals from holding office if they engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” after taking an oath to the United States.

While this decision currently impacts Maine’s March primary election, it could have broader implications for Trump’s candidacy in the November general election. It might prompt the US Supreme Court to address concerns about Trump’s eligibility nationwide under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

Despite Trump leading opinion polls for the Republican nomination, the disqualification in both Maine and Colorado intensifies the legal battle. Challenges to his candidacy in various states under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment have yielded varied outcomes, with some rejections and others pending further legal action.

Maine, traditionally favoring Democratic candidates in presidential elections, presents a unique scenario. Although categorized as likely Democratic, Trump secured an electoral vote from Maine in both 2016 and 2020, owing to its distinctive system of splitting Electoral College votes.

The disqualification in Maine adds to a series of challenges across states invoking the 14th Amendment, reflecting the ongoing legal complexities surrounding Trump’s potential candidacy.