(FeaturedNews.com) – On Thursday, Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) announced that former President Donald Trump was disqualified from appearing on the primary ballot in the state under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
In her 34-page decision, Bellows argued that Trump had pushed forward over the course of many months a false rhetoric of election fraud which ended up leading to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack. She added that his rhetoric had encouraged and directed his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to block the certification of the 2020 presidential election and the peaceful transfer of power.
Bellows further claimed that Trump was aware of how his rhetoric could have led to violence and that he had encouraged this likelihood while also taking no action to stop the violence that had ensued in a timely manner. She added that the occasional requests the former President had made calling for the rioters to be peaceful was not immunity for what he had done and that one brief push for the law to be obeyed did not mean that he was absolved for the months in which he pushed forward this narrative.
Maine is the second state to have barred Trump from appearing on the primary ballot. Previously the Colorado Supreme Court had ruled that under the Constitution’s 14th Amendment, Trump should be barred from appearing in the primary election ballot. The Supreme Court is likely going to be expected to hear an appeal to this case.
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