US presidential election 2024: after Colorado, Maine excludes Donald Trump from the Republican primaries

Is this the start of a snowball effect? The secretary of Maine excluded Donald Trump from the Republican primary in this state in the northeastern United States on Thursday, December 28, a week after a similar decision in Colorado, due to the former president's role in the storming of the Capitol by his supporters in 2021

US presidential election 2024: after Colorado, Maine excludes Donald Trump from the Republican primaries

Is this the start of a snowball effect? The secretary of Maine excluded Donald Trump from the Republican primary in this state in the northeastern United States on Thursday, December 28, a week after a similar decision in Colorado, due to the former president's role in the storming of the Capitol by his supporters in 2021.

“He is unfit for the office of president” under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which excludes from public accountability those who have engaged in acts of “insurrection,” Shenna said in an official document Bellows, the Democratic secretary of the State of Maine, responsible for organizing the elections. Ms. Bellows suspended her decision until the state Supreme Court rules on the matter.

Maine's decision will be challenged in court by Donald Trump, his campaign spokesperson announced, and could be the subject of a final appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States.

“Radical leftist”

Donald Trump quickly condemned a decision taken according to him by “a radical leftist”, “ardent supporter” of Joe Biden. “We are witnessing live an attempt to steal an election and the deprivation of the American voter’s right to vote,” denounced the Republican through his campaign team.

The Republican primaries in Maine are scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, known as "Super Tuesday" due to the large number of polls held by both Democrats and Republicans on that day.

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 having sought to reverse the results of the 2020 election.

Several procedures have been launched in various states of 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.