Maine Election Official Swatted After Removing Trump from Ballot – Was Absent During Incident

Maine’s Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) became the latest victim of swatting, a dangerous and potentially deadly trend. The incident occurred on Friday night, a day after Bellows made the controversial decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the March 5 Maine Republican presidential primary election. Her actions were based on what she called “bogus 14th Amendment ‘insurrection’ allegations” related to the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.

Unfortunately, over the Christmas holiday season, more than a dozen Republican and conservative activists fell victim to swatting. This disturbing trend involves false emergency calls being made to law enforcement, leading to a potentially deadly police response at the home of the target. Bellows is one of the few Democrats to be swatted this past week, with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu (D) and a former Democrat Nebraska state senator also falling victim to similar attacks.

The swatting incident at Bellows’ home occurred when an unknown male called police, claiming to have broken into her residence. However, a police investigation found no evidence of a burglary or any other suspicious activity. Thankfully, Bellows was not home at the time, and no one was inside. The incident is still under investigation, with law enforcement working diligently to provide special attention to any and all appropriate locations.

Responding to the alarming event, Bellows posted a statement on social media expressing gratitude for the outpouring of support she had received. She also described the frightening nature of the swatting incident and highlighted the unacceptable behavior that led to the attack. Bellows urged her followers to de-escalate the rhetoric and to promote love, respect, and kindness instead of threats and violence.

In an interview with CBS News, Bellows defended her decision to bar Trump from the presidential primary ballot. She emphasized that the former president’s role in the events leading up to the January 6 insurrection disqualified him from appearing on the ballot, citing the U.S. Constitution and Maine election law. Bellows stressed that the violence and assault on the Capitol were unprecedented and tragic, and she took her oath to uphold the Constitution and the First Amendment seriously.

However, not everyone agreed with Bellows’ decision. George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley criticized her actions, arguing that preventing voters from casting their vote for the leading candidate for the presidency was undemocratic. He questioned Bellows’ commitment to democracy while restricting the voters’ ability to choose their preferred candidate.

Swatting continues to pose a significant threat to public figures, law enforcement, and individuals who find themselves targeted by this dangerous practice. As the investigation into Bellows’ swatting incident unfolds, it serves as a stark reminder of the need to address and prevent such malicious attacks.

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