Trump cannot run for president in Maine – level 3

04-01-2024 07:00

Maine’s top election official, Secretary of State Shenna Bellows, has barred Donald Trump from running for president in 2024 due to his alleged role in the US Capitol riot.

This decision aligns with Colorado’s similar move, intensifying pressure on the US Supreme Court. Bellows cites the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals engaged in insurrection from holding federal office. Trump’s campaign plans to appeal in Maine’s courts. California announced Trump’s inclusion in its Republican primary ballot. The Supreme Court may ultimately decide Trump’s eligibility.

Critics claim the decision is politically motivated, while Trump’s rivals and supporters condemn the move, anticipating a rapid Supreme Court showdown.

Difficult words: insurrection (a violent act against authority), ballot (a piece of paper on which you write your vote), eligibility (having the right to do or obtain something).

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