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 December 31, 2023

Maine secretary of state who removed Trump from 2024 ballots met with Biden multiple times this year

A new report from Fox News reveals that Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) visited President Joe Biden's White House multiple times this year. 

This report comes after Bellows disqualified former President Donald Trump from appearing on the state's 2024 Republican primary ballots.

Fox reports:

The Maine official who moved to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the state's 2024 Republican primary ballot on Thursday visited the White House this year to meet with President Biden and previously referred to the Electoral College as a "relic of white supremacy."

The source for Fox's report is the White House visitor logs. The logs show that Bellows was invited to the Biden White House twice in 2023.

"Bellows' first trip came after she was invited to attend a Women’s History Month event held on March 22 at the White House, where she met with Biden and snapped a photo with him," Fox reports.

The outlet later adds:

Bellows' second trip came on June 6, when she traveled to the White House with more than a dozen others to meet with Justin Vail, a special assistant to Biden. That trip, according to social media posts by others who made the journey with Bellows, appears to have been organized by Issue One Reform, which describes itself as "the leading crosspartisan political reform group" in D.C. that works to "unite Republicans, Democrats, and independents in the movement to fix our broken political system and build an inclusive democracy that works for everyone."

What Fox's report does is demonstrate another link between the Biden administration and the various state officials who have targeted Trump. There is nothing to suggest that Biden directed Bellows to disqualify Trump.

Bellows disqualified Trump from her state's 2024 primary ballots on Thursday.

Reuters reports:

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, a Democrat, concluded that Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, incited an insurrection when he spread false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election and then urged his supporters to march on the Capitol to stop lawmakers from certifying the vote.

The matter is now headed to Maine courts.

Trump has objected to Bellows's decision.

Similar efforts to disqualify Trump from 2024 ballots are taking place in other states across the country. While most efforts have failed, others have succeeded - most notably the one in Colorado.

It is expected that the U.S. Supreme Court will, at some point, weigh in on whether Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment actually does disqualify Trump from running for the presidency in 2024.

The justices are expected to strike the argument down, as legal experts say that the Fourteenth Amendment argument is unsound.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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