John Dean: “Trump faces difficulties” following the Maine ruling

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John Dean, the White House attorney for former President Nixon, stated on Thursday that he thinks it will be challenging to overturn Maine’s decision to bar former President Trump from the ballot, describing it as “very solid.”

John Dean: 'Trump's in trouble' after Maine ruling | The Hill

Late on Thursday, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) declared that Trump should not be allowed to run in the state’s primary because of his actions surrounding the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021, which she claimed violated the 14th Amendment.

Dean criticized the Trump campaign for criticizing the choice and labeling it as “election interference.”

In an interview with CNN, Dean stated, “There was ample due process in this proceeding, and they just lost by a straight, honest reading of the 14th Amendment.” “Trump is having issues.”

Those who previously swore allegiance to the Constitution and who “have engaged in insurrection” are prohibited from holding office by the 14th Amendment. Bellows and a similar Colorado Supreme Court decision last week each found that Trump’s conduct falls under that definition.

Bellows said Trump “used a false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters” on Jan. 6 and “was aware of the likelihood for violence and at least initially supported its use given he both encouraged it with incendiary rhetoric and took no timely action to stop it.”

The Maine decision will be appealed, as the Trump campaign promised, and the Colorado case is anticipated to be taken up by the Supreme Court.

Dean cited a straightforward interpretation of the amendment’s language in support of his assertion that the Supreme Court would not reverse either ruling.

Trump's in trouble': John Dean reacts to Maine removing Trump from 2024  ballot | CNN Politics

He declared, “I want to see those hard-line originalists and constructionists get past that language.” “How will they carry it out? I’m not sure. It appears to be very relevant. Other than eliminating [Trump] from the ballot, I’m not sure what else they can do with it.

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