Shenna Bellows Featured in Far-Left “Democracy Summit” Labeling Conservatives “Fascists”

by | Jan 4, 2024 | Left's Hypocrisy

Maine’s far-left secretary of state has a long history of defaming conservatives

Maine Sec. of State Shenna Bellows is under fire for removing the 2024 presidential frontrunner from the November ballot, a desperate and partisan power grab that sets the nation that much closer to dictatorship.

Add one more ugly detail to her resume: Bellows was a key speaker at a May 2023 “democracy summit” where smug Democrat elites smeared everyday Americans as “fascists” for questioning the integrity of the 2020 election.

A Nest of Vipers

Restoration News was the first to cover the event, held—of all places—at Washington, D.C.’s International Spy Museum. Over 11 hours across two days, “progressive” luminaries and self-appointed “experts” ridiculed the 2020 election discoveries made by right-leaning watchdog groups as “disinformation” and “Trump’s Big Lie.” Conservatives were termed “election deniers” and threats to democracy who needed to be censored with ever-more stringent laws.

Enter Shenna Bellows on a Washington Post-moderated panel titled “Addressing threats and harassment facing election officials” along with Michigan Democrat Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson and Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates. Benson told the audience that the January 6 riot began a “multi-year, multi-faceted effort to undo democracy, to threaten democracy.”

Gates complained about the “post-traumatic stress disorder” his fellow Republicans caused him for mismanaging the election. Panelists applauded theatrically.

(READ MORE: David Becker’s “Democracy Summit” Was a Sham)

For her part, Bellows leapt to accuse conservatives of creating an “epidemic of misinformation, malinformation, and disinformation that has led to these dangerous threats against our election officials.” Questioning election irregularities is equivalent to “intimidating people.”

“This fear is pervasive and ongoing,” Bellows whined. “In Maine we have scarce resources; we cannot afford bulletproof glass.”

One clerk, according to Bellows, was “physically threatened by someone who was really, I think, fell victim to disinformation and lies in election denialism” (as if it’s a disease). “We have to combat a lot of disinformation.”

And much of it comes from Russia, apparently. “One of the challenges . . . is to bat down those conspiracy theories that are epidemic and in fact being sewn in some cases by foreign actors who are seeking to disrupt our democracy and, unfortunately, undermine voter confidence and voter participation.”

That goes for a Republican-backed bill in the Maine legislature granting citizen access to 24-hour camera surveillance of all absentee ballot drop boxes—many of which were paid for by Mark Zuckerberg in 2020— after the election. If that sounds reasonable, then you’re probably a fascist (or Putin sympathizer).

To Bellows, that’s a sinister opportunity for conservatives to use footage to “harass” voters and election officials. “So we’re trying to knock down that disinformation in the legislature every day,” she noted—in other words, lobbying for looser election laws.

And she’s achieving it in partnership with the far Left: “We reached out to the ACLU to work with them to craft our bill so it’s something they could support,” she bragged. Recall that Bellows headed the Maine ACLU from 2005 to 2013, where she pushed criticized Republican “voter suppression” for creating “barriers to voting.”

How things change.

(RELATED: Erasing Trump from the 2024 Ballot is an Inside-the-Beltway Job)

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