The Maine Supreme Court just grabbed the Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, in a Muay Thai style clinch and delivered some big knees to the proverbial mid-section with its dismissal of an appeal she recently made in order to prevent former President Donald Trump off the GOP primary ballot. Her justification for making such allegations is that he is responsible for causing the riots on Jan. 6, 2021, which means he’s in violation of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and is ineligible to run for public office.
Several other states have tried this same strategy and have had their cases tossed out. The Supreme Court in Colorado started it all, but things are not going the way the left hoped.
via The Western Journal:
The Maine Supreme Judicial Court dismissed an appeal from Maine’s Democratic Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, who attempted to keep Trump off the ballot using the same argument state officials have made — that Trump engaged in an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021, and therefore is prohibited by the so-called “insurrection clause” of the 14th Amendment from serving as president again.
Bellows has said that after “several residents” of her state complained about Trump’s eligibility for the office, she was “bound by state law” to make a decision on the matter, according to The Associated Press.
The decision made by Bellows, who was elected to her current role by Maine’s Democrat-controlled legislature, was that Trump was guilty of insurrection and, presumably, that the insurrection clause applies to the presidency, and therefore he cannot serve in that role again.
A court then determined that Bellows would need to wait for an official ruling from the federal Supreme Court before she could implement her determination that Trump is not allowed to be on the ballot, but that didn’t sit well with her so she immediately appealed that decision with the state’s Supreme Court.
Unfortunately for Bellows, they quickly and unanimously shot down her request.
“The Secretary of State suggests that there is irreparable harm because a delay in certainty about whether Trump’s name should appear on the primary ballot will result in voter confusion,” the court stated. “This uncertainty is, however, precisely what guides our decision not to undertake immediate appellate review in this particular case.”
The court informed Bellows not to enforce her decision, which was made back in December, but also said not to withdraw or make any changes to it until the Supreme Court weighed in on it.
COTUS will hear arguments in the case on Feb. 8, less than a month before Maine’s scheduled March 5 primary. In fact, Maine has already mailed some absentee ballots to state residents currently overseas, the AP noted.
Trump’s presidential campaign decided this was a victory worth celebrating.
“This evening, in Maine, Crooked Joe Biden was dealt a devastating in blow in his desperate attempt to remove President Trump’s name from the ballot and to deprive tens of millions of Americans of the right to vote for the candidate of their choice,” campaign spokesman Steven Cheung went on to say in a statement that was sent to The Western Journal.
“This disenfranchisement effort, lead by Crooked Joe’s Democrat acolyte and desperate partisan Secretary of State, was soundly rejected by Maine’s Supreme Court in a dismissal of the Secretary’s appeal of a prior order, which kept President Trump on the ballot,” Cheung continued.
“President Trump is confident that the the United States Supreme Court will ultimately be fair and eliminate these meritless, sham ‘14th Amendment’ cases once and for all,” Cheung finished. “Until then, President Trump will continue to fight them off at every turn. Make America Great Again!”
Ultimately, I believe SCOTUS will rule in favor of Trump and that will shut down any and all attempts to pull him off the ballot, especially when it comes to citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
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