Maine Democrat Makes Case For Trump To Be On The Ballot

Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) published a statement on X (formerly Twitter) Thursday saying former President Donald Trump “should be allowed on the ballot” because he has not been found guilty of “the crime of insurrection.”

Golden’s comment came in the hours after Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows ruled that Trump is not eligible for the Maine ballot under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Not every Democrat from Maine agrees. “I voted to impeach Donald Trump for his role in the January 6th insurrection,” Golden wrote. “I do not believe he should be re-elected as President of the United States. However, we are a nation of laws, therefore until he is actually found guilty of the crime of insurrection, he should be allowed on the ballot.”

In barring Trump from the Maine primary and general election ballots next year, Bellows argued that the former president engaged in insurrection via the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riots and “a multi-month effort to delegitimize the 2020 election.”

“The U.S. Constitution does not tolerate an assault on the foundations of our government. And Maine election law required me to act in response,” said Bellows in an interview with CBS News. “The events of January 6 were unprecedented and tragic. [ … ] Mr. Trump engaged in that insurrection and thereby, is not qualified to be on the ballot.”

“We will quickly file a legal objection in state court to prevent this atrocious decision in Maine from taking effect, and President Trump will never stop fighting to Make America Great Again,” said Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung in a statement following the ruling.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is another Maine politician who opposes Bellows’ decision. “Maine voters should decide who wins the election – not a Secretary of State chosen by the Legislature. The Secretary of State’s decision would deny thousands of Mainers the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice, and it should be overturned,” Collins wrote in an X post.

Meanwhile, Sen. Angus King (I-ME), an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, said he believed “that the decision as to whether or not Mr. Trump should again be considered for the presidency should rest with the people as expressed in free and fair elections.”