Trump challenges activist bureaucrat for removing him from Maine ballot

 January 2, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

President Trump on Tuesday went to court in Maine to challenge a decision by a partisan activist in the state's government to remove him from the 2024 presidential ballot.

That decision was announced just days ago by Shenna Bellows, the state's secretary of state.

But according to Trump's brand new filing, Bellows is "a biased decision maker who should have recused herself and otherwise failed to provide lawful due process," she lacked the legal authority to "consider the federal constitutional issues" at hand, she made many legal errors and handed out her result in "an arbitrary and capricious manner."

The dispute in Maine is the same as the one in Colorado, where four Democrat activists on the state Supreme Court ordered Trump's name off the 2024 ballot. They claim, without evidence or a conviction, that he was an "insurrectionist" and under the Constitution is ineligible to be president.

Multiple other states and other judges have reached the exact opposite conclusion.

Just the News explained Trump asked a Maine court to overturn Bellows' decision, which essentially was the same as Colorado's.

"Bellows in December determined that Trump was ineligible to seek the presidency under the 14th Amendment due to his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. Her decision followed a ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court to the same effect, though Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold subsequently announced she would include him on the primary ballot should the Supreme Court side with him," the report said.

Trump's campaign described Bellows as "a former ACLU attorney, a virulent leftist and a hyper-partisan Biden-supporting Democrat who has decided to interfere in the presidential election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden."

The Colorado ruling already has been appealed to the Supreme Court, which is expected by experts to rule on the fight.

Analysts have suggested that, with Trump leading all challengers so far in the 2024 presidential race, Democrats fear him and are trying any number of "lawfare" attacks to try to keep him off the ballot.

Trump's petition states, "Petitioner Donald J, Trump, by and through undersigned counsel, petitions this Court for review of a final order issued by Respondent Secretary of State Shenna Bellows."

WND previously reported Republicans in Maine immediately launched an effort to remove Bellows from office.

Like the Colorado court, Bellows, without evidence or a conviction, insisted that Trump was an "insurrectionist" and removed him from the ballot.

In reality, Trump never has been charged in court with "insurrection," and when Democrats made that claim in Congress, he was acquitted.

Then, in Maine, "Republican state Rep. John Andrews said he would move to file a request for a joint order to impeach Bellows, who issued a historic decision in becoming the first secretary of state to ban a presidential candidate from ballot access under the insurrection clause."

Andrews said, "I wish to file a Joint Order, or whichever is the proper parliamentary mechanism under Mason's Rules, to impeach Secretary of State Shenna Bellows. I wish to impeach Secretary Bellows on the grounds that she is barring an American citizen and 45th President of the United States, who is convicted of no crime or impeachment, their right to appear on a Maine Republican Primary ballot."

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