Trump Appeals Maine Ruling Based on Constitution

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On Tuesday, former President Donald Trump appealed against the decision that removed him from Maine’s Republican Primary ballot due to his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

According to the Associated Press, Trump appealed Maine Secretary of State Shenna Belleows’ decision to ban someone from running for president under the rarely-used Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

Bellows’ provision prohibits those who have ‘engaged’ in an insurrection from holding office.

The appeal now heads to Maine’s Supreme Court.

Trump will appeal a similar Colorado Supreme Court ruling directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on Section 3; the Colorado court’s ruling of 4-3 that applied to Trump is the first time the provision has been used in history to prevent a presidential candidate from appearing on the ballot.