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Trump calls out Maine secretary of state for stopping him from voting

Former President Donald Trump has formally appealed the decision of Maine’s Democratic Secretary of State, who unilaterally determined that Trump was ineligible to appear on the state’s ballot, citing the insurrection of section three of the fourteenth amendment to the United States Constitution.

Trump’s lawyers argue that Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ decision “was the product of a process infected by bias and a widespread lack of due process; is arbitrary, capricious and characterized by an abuse of discretionary power.

The lawyers also argued that “the Secretary of State should have recused herself based on her bias against President Trump, as demonstrated by a documented history of prior statements prejudging the issue presented.” The lawyers added that Bellows “denied President Trump due process by failing to provide him with sufficient time and opportunity to present his defense.”

“The Secretary of State did not have the legal authority to hear challenges to President Trump’s purported disqualification under (sic) Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the appeal states.

Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung reiterated in a statement that Bellows “exceeded her authority, completely ignoring the Constitution when she summarily decided to remove President Trump’s name from the ballot, to interfere in the election and deprive the voters of his State of the right to vote.

The appeal follows Bellows’ controversial ruling essentially disqualifying Trump from the ballot, although it won’t be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court rules.

As Breitbart News reports:

In the ruling, Bellows wrote that she held a Dec. 15 hearing on three challenges to Trump’s nomination. The first two, she said, “challenge Mr. Trump’s qualification for office under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

“The third challenge, filed by Paul Gordon (the ‘Gordon Challenge’), challenges Mr. Trump’s qualification under the Twenty-Second Amendment,” the ruling states.

“For the reasons set forth below, I conclude that Mr. Trump’s primary motion is invalid,” she wrote.

“Specifically, I find the statement on his candidate consent form to be false because he is not qualified to serve as President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Bellows concluded, doubling down on his position during an appearance on WFEA radio. :

Likewise, Bellows’ decision follows the Colorado Supreme Court’s 4-3 ruling that the Constitution’s “insurrection clause” bars former President Trump from appearing on the ballot. vote, although Trump is also appealing that decision, meaning his name will still appear on the ballot. Colorado primary voting as the process plays out.

The case is Trump vs. BellowsNo. AP-24-01 in the Superior Court of Kennebec County, Maine.


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