U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) defended the decision from Maine’s unelected Secretary of State Shenna Bellows to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s election ballot. The far-left Democrat also called on Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from an upcoming ruling on the Biden Department of Justice’s use of “obstruction of an official proceeding” felonies, which forms the basis of Jack Smith’s January 6 indictment and has been used to jail hundreds of January 6 protesters.
“I think that the urgency is for the Supreme Court to act, but I think it’s going to be tough for some of them if they want to keep Trump on the ballot, if they’re falling for the argument that this is undemocratic,” Raskin told CNN. ” I mean, is it undemocratic that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jennifer Granholm can’t run for president because they weren’t born in the country? If you think about it, of all the forms of disqualification we have, the one that disqualifies people for engaging in insurrection is the most democratic.”
Despite the fact that Trump has not been charged with, much less convicted of, inciting an “insurrection” on January 6, 2021, Bellows decided that Trump had incited one anyway and opted to remove him from the ballot. Raskin — who sat on the January 6 Committee that defied congressional norms — has routinely parroted the “insurrection” narrative since the January 6 Capitol protests.
On the topic of the Supreme Court, Raskin argued that ethics violations should disqualify Justice Clarence Thomas from ruling on the upcoming “obstruction of an official proceeding” case.
“Well, finally the Supreme Court has developed what they’re describing as a code of ethics. It’s not binding in the sense that they’re not going to anyone else. They could have gone to, for example, circuit court justices. You could have had state Supreme Court justices on a panel. But so they’re deciding for themselves, again, whether they’re in violation of their code of ethics,” Raskin said.
“But I think anybody looking at this in any kind of dispassionate, reasonable way would say if your wife was involved in the big lie and claiming that Donald Trump had actually won the presidential election, had been agitating for that and participating in the events leading up to January 6th, that you shouldn’t be participating in… So he should recuse himself.”