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Maine secretary of state disqualifies Trump from 2024 ballot

user avatar Author: Editors Desk Source: NY Post
December 28, 2023 at 20:13
Donald TrumpPhotographer: Mary Altafeer/Pool/Getty Images
Donald TrumpPhotographer: Mary Altafeer/Pool/Getty Images

Maine’s Democratic Secretary of State Shenna Bellows on Thursday disqualified former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, citing the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung blasted the decision, calling Bellows a “virulent leftist” and “hyper-partisan Biden-supporting Democrat,” in a statement to The Post.

He said the campaign would “quickly file a legal objection in state court to prevent this atrocious decision in Maine from taking effect.”

“I do not reach this conclusion lightly. Democracy is sacred,” Bellows wrote in her 34-page decision on multiple complaints challenging the 77-year-old Trump’s eligibility for the primary ballot in Maine based on his actions leading up to and during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol

“I am mindful that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection,” she stated, calling the riot at the Capitol “unprecedented and tragic.”

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