Americans learned this week that a second state has decided to remove Donald Trump from election ballets. But unlike Colorado, the decision was made—not by a court—but by a single person.
The Secretary of State of Maine, Shenna Bellows, decided that Trump was guilty of an “insurrection” despite no court ruling on the issue.
Many have expressed outrage that a single Democrat would erase an entire state’s ability to vote for a candidate. And now, Bellows’ own words from just a month ago are coming back to haunt her.
From The Post Millennial:
Commenting on an X thread last month lamenting that Mississippi had passed new voter ID laws… Bellows wrote, “This story is horrifying. Incredible to see the lengths at which votes are discarded by partisans. Grateful to be in Maine where our elections are free, fair, and secure.”
This story is horrifying. Incredible to see the lengths at which votes are discarded by partisans. Grateful to be in Maine where our elections are free, fair and secure. https://t.co/I4iRKFIJ7S
— Shenna Bellows (@shennabellows) November 14, 2023
The Democrat criticized Mississippi after the state passed a law requiring a photo ID to vote. Bellows attacked the conservative state, claiming that “partisans” were trying to “discard” votes. She went on to say that in her state, elections are “free, fair, and secure.”
Yet one month later, Bellows removed voters’ ability to vote for Donald Trump, in what many will call a partisan move. Democrats have long decided Trump is guilty, without a trial in the courts.
Bellows’s decision will be heavily criticized by leaders, including fellow Democrats who uphold the rule of law and care about democracy. This secretary of state took it upon herself to decide that Trump was guilty—without input from the courts or the public.
It is likely this decision, along with the decision from Colorado, will be challenged in higher courts. Many are speculating that the issue will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court—which could invalidate these decisions at the state level.
Bellows’ social media posts could undermine her agenda. She had previously written, “We need to come together around our democracy – around voting rights, which are fundamental to everything else we care about.” Despite this, she is preventing Americans from exercising their right to vote, by keeping a popular candidate off the ballot.
- Maine’s Secretary of State ruled to remove Trump from primary ballots.
- The Democrat previously attacked Mississippi for “partisan” actions against voters.
- Bellows ruled Trump was guilty of insurrection despite a court decision.
Source: The Post Millennial