Maine Democrat Argues Against State’s Anti-Trump Ballot Decision

After Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows unilaterally determined Former President Donald Trump should not appear in the state’s 2024 presidential primary ballot, Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) said the former president should remain on The Pine Tree State’s ballot until he is found guilty of “insurrection.”

Golden noted that he does not support Trump, having voted to impeach the former president twice for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protests. The Maine Democrat added that although he strictly opposes the former president, presuming him guilty before a conviction contradicts the U.S.’s laws.

“I voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the January 6th insurrection,” Golden said in a statement. “I do not believe he should be re-elected as President of the United States. However, we are a nation of laws, therefore until he is actually found guilty of the crime of insurrection, he should be allowed on the ballot.”

In Bellows’ decision, the Maine secretary of state claimed that evidence showed “the falsity of Mr. Trump’s declaration that he meets the qualifications of the office of the presidency,” adding “that the primary petition of Mr. Trump is invalid.”

Bellows suspended her ruling from going into effect “until the Superior Court rules on any appeal, or the time to appeal … has expired.”

Responding to Bellows’ decision to interfere in the forthcoming presidential election based on unsubstantiated claims from the left, Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung pointed out that an appeal would soon occur.

“We will quickly file a legal objection in state court to prevent this atrocious decision in Maine from taking effect, and President Trump will never stop fighting to Make America Great Again,” Cheung said.

Considering that Democrats cite Section Three of the 14th Amendment as cause for why Trump should be barred from office, it should be noted that the law only prohibits “an officer of the United States” who has “engaged in insurrection” from seeking or holding office.

The former president was not an officer of the U.S. As a result, the law does not apply to him in this particular case, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) explained.

“Thus, even if Trump had engaged in insurrection (to be sure, he has not), he still couldn’t be excluded,” Lee wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.