Authorities in the American state of Maine announced on Thursday 28th December that the name of Donald Trump will not be included on the ballots of the Republican Party’s internal process for nominating the party’s candidate in the 2024 presidential elections. This decision comes a week after a similar move in the state of Colorado, which is linked to the attack by his supporters on the federal Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Sen. Shenna Bellows, the state’s Secretary of State responsible for organizing the elections, explained, “He is not suitable to hold the office of the president” under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which bars individuals who engaged in an “insurrection.”
Maine’s decision will be legally contested by Donald Trump, as announced immediately by his campaign, and could potentially become the subject of a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The magnate, an undisputed favorite in the Republican Party’s internal procedures according to polls, personally condemned the decision made by the official, whom he labeled as “radical left” and a “strong supporter” of Democratic President Joe Biden.
Ms. Bellows is affiliated with the Democratic Party.
“We are witnessing a direct attempt to steal elections and deprive every American voter of their voting rights,” argued Trump’s campaign.
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the federal Capitol in an attempt to hinder the formal certification of the November 2020 election results, namely the victory of his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.
The former Republican president and his most fervent supporters continue to claim, without presenting any evidence, that he was the winner of the 2020 presidential elections.