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Trump deemed ineligible for president by second state

Charlie Neibergall Associated Press Former US President Donald Trump greets supporters in Waterloo, Iowa, on December 19.

The US state of Maine announced Thursday that Donald Trump would not appear on the ballots in the Republican primary for the 2024 presidential election, a week after a similar decision in Colorado, in connection with the assault on the Capitol in 2021.

“He is not fit for the office of president” under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which excludes from public accountability those who have engaged in acts of “insurrection,” the President said in an official document. Democratic Secretary of the State of Maine, Shenna Bellows, in charge of organizing the elections.

“I do not come to this conclusion lightly,” she confided in this document, believing that the assault on the Capitol, seat of the American Congress, was committed “on orders , with the full knowledge and support of the outgoing president.”

The decision will be “suspended” in the event of a legal challenge, she said.

Which should be the case, Donald Trump's spokesperson having immediately announced the businessman's desire to challenge the decision in court. The latter could be the subject of a final appeal before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Donald Trump quickly condemned a decision taken according to him by “a radical leftist”, “ardent supporter” of Joe Biden, the current president and next Democratic candidate, barring any surprises, in the 2024 election .

“We are witnessing live an attempt to steal an election and the deprivation of the American voter's right to vote,” Donald Trump again denounced via his campaign team.< /p>

The Republican billionaire won one of the major voters (responsible for electing the American president and vice-president) in Maine in 2020, and Shenna Bellows' decision, if it is actually applied, would therefore have serious consequences in case of close presidential election.

Waiting for the Supreme Court

On January 6, 2021, hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump violently stormed the Capitol, the sanctuary of American democracy, to try to prevent the certification of the victory of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

Donald Trump and his most fervent supporters still dispute, without proof, the results of the 2020 election.

The ex-president was indicted on August 1 at the federal level and then on August 14 by the state of Georgia, accused of trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Several procedures have been launched in various states across the country to block the path of the big favorite in the Republican primaries.

If Michigan and Minnesota rejected them, the Colorado Supreme Court was the first, last week, to declare Donald Trump ineligible because of his actions during the assault on the Capitol.

The decisions of Maine and Colorado relate at this stage only to the Republican primaries held in these two states and scheduled for March 5 among around fifteen states, during the “Super Tuesday“.

The Colorado judges said they were “aware of moving into uncharted territory” in their decision ordering the electoral authorities of this western state to remove Donald Trump's name from the ballots for the Republican primaries in 2024.< /p>

Joe Biden reacted to this decision by judging that Donald Trump had “certainly supported an insurrection”. “There’s no doubt about it, none,” he said.

But until the Supreme Court rules, ballots will still have to include the name of former President Trump in both Colorado and Maine.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116