Official Who Barred Trump Visited White House Twice

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows (D), the top election official who barred former President Donald Trump from her state’s ballot, has visited President Joe Biden’s White House twice in the past year — and has previously bashed the U.S. electoral college system as “a relic of white supremacy.”

Bellows visited the White House in March last year. She traveled to Washington D.C. for a second visit in June. The Democrat met with President Biden during her first visit, according to a report in the New York Post citing official White House visitor logs. During her second visit, she met with one of the president’s aides.

During her visit on Mar. 22, Bellows attended a Women’s History event and took her photo with Biden. The smiling president put his left hand on her shoulder and held one of her hands in his right hand. She shared the photo on Instagram with the caption, “Birthday jaunt to DC for a Women’s History Month event at the White House yesterday and walking around today.”

Three months later, Bellows visited on June 6 to meet with Justin Vail, a special assistant to Biden. Two years earlier, the Maine Democrat wrote an opinion piece for the leftwing platform “Democracy Docket.” She claimed in the piece that she ran for secretary of state because she “was truly frightened for our democracy” after 2020.

She also criticized the Electoral College, writing: “Voting rights for our neighbors matter as much as our own, especially when the relic of white supremacy that is the Electoral College remains in place. We know that progress on everything we care about is contingent upon full and fair participation from all people.”

Bellows’ critics in the Republican Party and even some in her party may find that last sentence ironic in the context of her decision this month to bar Donald Trump from Maine Republican primary ballot and general election ballot next year. She alleged Trump participated in an “insurrection” via the Jan. 6 Capitol protests.

She rejected a demand from the Trump campaign’s legal team that she recuse herself from making the determination because she had previously expressed her personal opinion on social media that the former president was guilty of insurrection.