In a groundbreaking development, Maine has become the second state to determine that former President Donald Trump is constitutionally ineligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot for the 2024 presidential election. The decision, made by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, follows a similar ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court last week, citing the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection clause” and Trump’s role in the events leading up to and on Jan. 6, 2021.
BREAKING: Maine’s Secretary of State removes Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot, arguing he is ineligible to run for office based on the 14th Amendment’s "insurrectionist ban." pic.twitter.com/OiEVLlQ6Km— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) December 29, 2023
In response to the ruling, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a 2024 GOP candidate for president, criticized the decision as an undemocratic attempt to disenfranchise Trump and his supporters. He argued that the Supreme Court would ultimately overturn the ruling and urged Republicans to focus on Democrats’ shortcomings rather than Trump’s legal issues.
U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA) introduced the “Presidential Ballot Integrity Act,” which would bar electors from states that remove a major party’s candidate from the presidential ballot. This bill, if passed, would amend the Electoral Count Act of 1887, stating that the vote of an elector from a state shall not be counted if the state did not include the major party’s nominee for president on the ballot.
The Maine ruling and subsequent reactions from politicians have set the stage for a contentious election year, with legal battles and political debates likely to dominate the news cycle. As the 2024 presidential race heats up, the Supreme Court may ultimately be called upon to settle the issue and determine the fate of Donald Trump’s candidacy.
The political landscape is shifting as more states consider the implications of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause and the events of Jan. 6, 2021. With two states already attempting to bar Trump from appearing on the ballot, the question remains: will more states follow suit? And what will this mean for the future of the Republican party and the 2024 presidential election?
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