Maine Secretary of State Faces Backlash for Decision to Remove Trump from Ballot Due to Past Social Media Posts

Maine Secretary of State Sheena Bellows has made an unprecedented move to bar former President Donald Trump from the state’s 2024 ballot. Citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, Bellows claims that Trump’s involvement in the January 6 insurrection disqualifies him from running for the presidency. This decision has sparked outrage and controversy across the political spectrum.

Bellows defended her decision, stating that she does not take it lightly and recognizes the sacred nature of democracy. She acknowledged that no Secretary of State has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment. She also pointed out that no presidential candidate has ever engaged in insurrection before.

Ironically, Bellows expressed excitement in 2020 about voting for now-President Joe Biden with the hashtag #LetThePeopleDecide. This has led to criticism and mockery from conservative circles, who accuse her of doing the opposite by excluding Trump from the ballot.

Conservative Twitter users have mercilessly roasted Bellows for her lack of self-awareness, with one user sarcastically commenting on her hashtag game. The backlash reflects widespread disapproval of Bellows’ decision and suggests that her political maneuver may ultimately backfire.

There is hope that the United States Supreme Court will overturn Bellows’ ruling and restore Trump’s eligibility to appear on Maine’s 2024 ballot. The controversy surrounding this issue underscores the political divisions and volatility that continue to shape American democracy.

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