The US state of Maine announced on Thursday that Donald Trump will not appear on the Republican primary ballot for the 2024 presidential election, a week after a similar decision in Colorado over an attack on the Capitol in 2021.
“He is ineligible for the office of President” under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which exempts him from any public responsibility for engaging in “seditious” acts, the Democratic Secretary of the State of Maine, Shenanna, declared in an official document. Bellows is responsible for organizing elections.
Maine's decision will be challenged in court by Donald Trump, his campaign spokesman announced, and could be subject to a final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Donald Trump was quick to condemn the decision by Joe Biden's “extreme leftist”, “radical supporter”.
“We are witnessing first-hand an attempt to steal an election and disenfranchise the American electorate,” the Republican campaign committee said in a statement.
On January 6, 2021, hundreds of Donald Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol, the sanctuary of American democracy, in an attempt to block his Democratic opponent Joe Biden's certificate of victory.
Donald Trump and his ardent supporters are still denying the 2020 election results without evidence.
The former president was indicted at the federal level on August 1 and then charged by the state of Georgia on August 14 with attempting to alter the results of the 2020 election.
Several procedures have been launched in various states across the country to block the path of heavy favorites in Republican primaries. While Michigan and Minnesota rejected them, the Colorado Supreme Court last week declared Donald Trump ineligible because of his actions during the attack on the Capitol.
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