Can everyone stop pretending that the 2020 election was not rigged? Everything that the Democrats have been doing during this election cycle is further evidence that the 2020 election was neither safe nor secure. What the Democrats are doing shows the lengths that they will go to hold onto power and prevent Donald Trump from being elected President again.
This week, Maine’s Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows, removed Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot. She said, “it is unprecedented. No Secretary of State has ever deprived a Presidential candidate of ballot access based on section 3 of the 14th Amendment, but no presidential candidate has ever engaged in insurrection.” And she is right, it is unprecedented. No Secretary of State has ever deprived a Presidential candidate from being on the ballot. But the left will go to unprecedented and illegal lengths to beat Donald Trump, as they did in 2020.
She is also correct; no presidential candidate has ever engaged in insurrection – including Donald Trump. The riot at the Capital, on January 6, was not an “insurrection”. Not one person was armed. It would have been the first unarmed insurrection ever. The only person at the Capital that day who was killed by law enforcement was an unarmed 130-pound woman, Ashli Babbit. So, we must conclude that she was the most dangerous person there because she was the only person that deadly force was used against. If there were more dangerous people than her there, then why weren’t they also shot? If there were more dangerous people there who were not shot because the other officers deemed that their threat level didn’t warrant deadly force, then why isn’t Officer Byrd who shot and killed Ashli Babbit charged in her death? So, it is clearly not an insurrection if the most threatening person is an unarmed 130-pound woman.
Donald Trump has never been convicted of “insurrection”. He was impeached for his actions on January 6 and the Senate found him “not guilty” of any crime which means, in the eyes of the law, he did not engage in insurrection. Not one person who was arrested for the riot at the Capital has been convicted or even charged with insurrection. In order to be considered an insurrectionist, in the eyes of the law, you need to have been convicted of insurrection, and neither Donald Trump nor anyone else at the Capital on January 6 has been convicted of that crime.
The Secretary of State does not have the power to set aside the verdict of the Senate and decide for herself that Trump should be punished for a crime that he was never convicted of. In 1996 after OJ Simpson was acquitted of murder, the California Secretary of State could not have thrown Simpson in jail for the rest of his life just because he personally believed Simpson was guilty of murder, even though the jury had acquitted him. But Shenna Bellows believes that she can decide for herself that Donald Trump engaged in “insurrection” overriding the acquittal by the Senate. She has unilaterally made herself the judge, jury and executioner. Through this decision, Donald Trump has been deprived of his due process rights under the law.
Shenna Bellows is a far-left partisan who is doing the bidding of Joe Biden and the Democrat party. This year, she visited Joe Biden’s White House two times. How much of her recent actions have been directed by Joe Biden and his reelection team? In an op-ed written in 2021, she called the Electoral College a “relic of white supremacy.” She does not even believe in our Presidential election system, yet she is claiming to be protecting it? She is doing what the left always does, she pretends to uphold the Constitution by violating the Constitution. By unilaterally making this decision to remove Trump from the ballot, she has violated the due process clause in both the 5th and 14th Amendment of our Constitution. So, she violated the 14th Amendment in order to uphold the 14th Amendment? It doesn’t even make sense.
This liberal Secretary of State in Maine and the liberal justices in Colorado by removing the leading Presidential candidate from the ballot under false pretenses and without due process are not only committing election interference, they are rigging this upcoming election in plain sight. If leftists from different states can collude together to rig the 2024 election, then the thought that the left rigged the 2020 election seems not only plausible, but probable, especially since the candidate they are trying to remove from the election was the same candidate they rigged the last election against.
They claim to be doing all this because Donald Trump is a threat to democracy, but everything the left has been doing to Donald Trump is making our democratic process a laughingstock to the rest of the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin said, “As for the prosecution of Donald Trump, for us… in my mind, is good. Because it shows the rottenness of the American political system, which cannot pretend to teach others about democracy. Everything that is happening with Trump is the persecution of a political rival for political reasons. That is what it is. And this is being done in front of the US public and the whole world. They simply exposed their internal problems.” The damage these people are inflicting on the America election system is so corrupting that we may never be able to find our way back to our free and fair system.
America used to envision itself as the “shining city on the hill”. The country that the rest of the world looked up to as an example of freedom and democracy and human rights, sadly no longer exists. The founding documents still exist. The profound words on those documents still exist. Our leaders still mouth those words from time to time, but the meaning of those words no longer ring true because they are violated by our leaders at every turn for political expedience. Everything that these people claim that Trump will do to this country if elected, they are doing to this country to prevent him from being elected. If a rogue Secretary of State or a hyper-partisan State Court can prevent over 70 million citizens from voting for the candidate of their choice, then we no longer have a government of the people, by the people and for the people; we have a government of the ruling class, by the ruling class, and for the ruling class.
Judd Garrett is a graduate from Princeton University, and a former NFL player, coach, and executive. He has been a contributor to the website Real Clear Politics. He has recently published his first novel, No Wind.