Maine: Second State to Disqualify Trump From 2024 Presidential Ballot

A spotlight illuminates campaign posters for former US president and 2024 Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump before the start of the South Dakota Republican Party’s Monumental Leaders rally at the Ice Arena in Rapid City, South Dakota, September 8, 2023.

Maine: Second State to Disqualify Trump From 2024 Presidential Ballot

Maine’s top election official removed Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot on Thursday, making Maine the second state to disqualify Trump from the 2024 presidential election.

The ruling: In a 34-page document, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows ruled that Trump is “not qualified to hold the office of the president under Section iii of the 14th Amendment.”

That section states:

No person shall … hold any office, civil or military … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

Bellows’s decision was in response to three challenges brought forward by Kimberley Rosen, Thomas Saviello and Ethan Strimling, two Republicans and a Democrat, that Trump incited an insurrection on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021.

After holding a hearing on December 15, Bellows said:

I conclude … that the record establishes that Mr. Trump, over the course of several months and culminating on Jan. 6, 2021, used a false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters and direct them to the Capitol to prevent certification of the 2020 election and the peaceful transfer of power. I likewise conclude that Mr. Trump was aware of the likelihood for violence and at least initially supported its use given he both encouraged it with incendiary rhetoric and took no timely action to stop it.

Her ruling comes just over a week after the Colorado Supreme Court disqualified Trump from appearing on its 2024 presidential primary election ballot, also under the argument that Trump incited an insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021.

No proof: Neither Colorado nor Maine has proved that the Jan. 6, 2021, protest was an insurrection. Both states removed Trump from their ballots under the assumption that events at Capitol Hill were an attempt at “insurrection or rebellion.”

In fact, no court or case has been able to prove that the January 6 protest was an insurrection. (To learn why, read “January 6 Was a Setup.”)

Supreme Court: Colorado’s Republican Party petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court on December 27 to reverse Colorado’s ruling. If the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case, its ruling will set a precedent for all other states, including Maine.

In his book America Under Attack, Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes:

[W]e cannot overlook the statement in the prophecy of Amos 7 about the role of “the kingdom’s court.” The way this is written, this individual, Amaziah, is speaking on behalf of King Jeroboam [who represents President Trump], who has the support of “the king’s chapel” … and “the kingdom’s court”—the Supreme Court. This reference strongly suggests to me that the court will play a decisive role in returning Mr. Trump to the presidency.