Maine Democrat Slams Decision To Remove Trump From Ballots

Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) said in a statement that he believes former President Donald Trump should be permitted on the Maine GOP primary ballot until it is determined that he is actually guilty of insurrection.

Golden’s comments came just hours after Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows unilaterally removed Trump’s name from the ballot citing the 14th Amendment.

“I do not reach this conclusion lightly. Democracy is sacred…I am mindful that no secretary of state has ever deprived a presidential candidate of ballot access based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment,” Bellows said in defense of her decision.

“I am also mindful, however, that no presidential candidate has ever before engaged in insurrection. The oath I swore to uphold the Constitution comes first above all, and my duty under Maine’s election laws, when presented with a Section 336 challenge, is to ensure that candidates who appear on the primary ballot are qualified for the office they seek.”

Since releasing her decision, Bellows has faced harsh, bipartisan criticism including Golden’s statement against Bellows.

Golden admitted to voting to impeach Trump and stated that he does not believe Trump should be re-elected as President. At the same time, Trump has not been found guilty of anything, and specifically for violating section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

The Trump campaign had already requested that Bellows disqualify herself from any decision regarding Trump based on tweets that they claimed showed bias on her part.

Trump Campaign spokesman Steven Cheung called Bellows “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.”

“We are witnessing, in real-time, the attempted theft of an election and the disenfranchisement of the American voter,” Cheung continued. “Democrats in blue states are recklessly and unConstitutionally suspending the civil rights of the American voters by attempting to summarily remove President Trump’s name from the ballot.”

Maine is the second state to remove Trump’s name from the GOP primary ballot while Michigan recently ruled in the other direction. Bellows suspended her ruling until the state Superior Court rules on the matter and other states are expected to rule in the near future.

Ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court will make a final ruling concerning Trump’s national eligibility.