Updated December 29th, 2023 at 16:11 IST
US Presidential Elections 2024: Maine's election body disqualifies Donald Trump from primary ballot
As the race to the White House gets intense, Maine became the second US state to disqualify former US President Donald Trump from the Republican primary ballot.
Maine: As the race to the White House gets intense, Maine became the second US state to disqualify former US President Donald Trump from the Republican primary ballot. The decision was announced by Maine's Secretary of State Shenna Bellows on Thursday (local time), The Guardian reported. The move came days after Colorado's Supreme Court removed Trump from the state's primary ballot. Both states cited the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution and accused Trump of “inciting insurrections" to overturn the 2020 US Presidential election results.
After giving out her decision on the matter, Bellows made it clear that her judgement would not be enforced until the court weighs in on the matter, "given the compressed timeframe, the novel constitutional questions involved, the importance of this case, and impending ballot preparation deadlines," NBC News reported. The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution prohibits a lawmaker from serving in office again due to their role in inciting violence. The former US President has been accused of inciting the January 6 attack on the US Capitol Hill in 2021.
What is Bellow's stance on the matter?
In a 34-page decision, Bellows noted that the alleged actions of the former US President during the riot that jolted the American Capitol Hill compelled her to rule him ineligible, NBC News reported. "The weight of the evidence makes clear that Mr. Trump was aware of the tinder laid by his multi-month effort to delegitimize a democratic election, and then chose to light a match," she wrote in a statement, adding that Trump "used a false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters and direct them to the Capitol to prevent certification of the 2020 election and the peaceful transfer of power."
Trump's campaign responds
Meanwhile, the former US President and his team will appeal the decision and other similar judgments to the US Supreme Court, which will most likely have to settle the issue. In a statement immediately after Maine's decision, Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung noted that Trump's team was quick to file a legal objection on the matter. "We will quickly file a legal objection in state court to prevent this atrocious decision in Maine from taking effect," he said in a statement, NBC News reported. “The Maine Secretary of State is a former ACLU attorney, a virulent leftist and a hyper-partisan Biden-supporting Democrat who has decided to interfere in the presidential election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden," he said. “We are witnessing, in real-time, the attempted theft of an election and the disenfranchisement of the American voter,” Cheung remarked. In the past, Trump had accused the Maine official of being too partisan. While Trump got an unfavourable judgment in Colorado and Maine, states like Michigan, Arizona and Minnesota have ruled against citizen-led petitions to disqualify the former US President and maintained that Trump still has the right to appear on the ballots in these aforementioned states.
Published December 29th, 2023 at 07:02 IST