Republican presidential candidate and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized the latest determination to kick former President Trump off the Maine main poll below the 14th Modification.
“[I]t makes him a martyr,” Christie mentioned on CNN Friday. “You realize, he’s superb at enjoying ‘Poor me, poor me,’ he’s at all times complaining. The poor billionaire from New York who’s spending everyone else’s cash to pay his authorized charges.”
On Thursday, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D) mentioned she had concluded the previous president “over the course of a number of months and culminating on January 6, 2021, used a false narrative of election fraud to inflame his supporters and direct them to the Capitol to forestall certification of the 2020 election and the peaceable switch of energy.” Bellows’ determination made Maine the second state to take such an motion, after the Colorado Supreme Court docket final week through a 4-3 ruling.
“Mr. Trump’s occasional requests that rioters be peaceable and help legislation enforcement don’t immunize his actions,” she mentioned. “A short name to obey the legislation doesn’t erase conduct over the course of months, culminating in his speech on the Ellipse. The burden of the proof makes clear that Mr. Trump was conscious of the tinder laid by his multi-month effort to delegitimize a democratic election, after which selected to gentle a match.”
Trump’s marketing campaign has denounced the choice and referred to as Bellows a “virulent leftist and a hyper-partisan Biden-supporting Democrat.”
“We’re witnessing, in real-time, the tried theft of an election and the disenfranchisement of the American voter,” Trump marketing campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung mentioned. “Make no mistake, these partisan election interference efforts are a hostile assault on American democracy.”
Cheung additionally mentioned the Trump marketing campaign will enchantment the ruling.
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