Maine Sec. of State Says Decision Not Political
You have to love the ability of politicians to stare you right in the face and blatantly lie.
That is the only way I can describe the answer given by Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows when she was asked if her decision to keep Trump off the ballot was political.
According to Bellows, "Politics and my personal views played no role.”
Bellows did an interview with NPR this week, holding, "I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution and that is what I did."
Only the decision was political.
First and foremost, if she were a Republican, this would have never even been an issue.
Secondly, all but one case that has been brought up on this front has been denied, with only Colorado ruling that Trump should be removed.
And the Maine case was decided by Bellows, not a court of law, but instead, she presided over a hearing raised by objections from registered voters on the presumption that Trump participated in an insurrection.
Bellows added, "Under Maine law, when I qualified Mr. Trump for the ballot, any registered voter had the right to challenge that qualification.
"Five voters did so, including two former Republican state senators. And then I was required under the statute, under the law, to hold a hearing and issue a decision, and do so within a very compressed timeline.
“So, this wasn't something I initiated, but it's something that's required under Maine election law."
Bellows leans into the idea that the 14th Amendment does not say “convict,” but one would have to think the allegations would need to be proven in a court of law, at the very least an indictment, before taking such a drastic measure.
Furthermore, constitution scholars have raised two key questions… does this pertain to the office of the president and does a primary election even qualify under Section III?
Trump’s campaign has already announced that it will appeal the decision, as it will the Colorado decision, and we fully expect the Supreme Court to settle this issue once and for all.