Colorado Court Determines Trump’s Insurrection Involvement, Yet Unfit for Disqualification under Section Three

According to a recent Colorado ruling, it has been determined that Donald Trump played a role in the insurrection. However, because he is not officially considered an “officer of the United States,” he is still not disqualified under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. The judge did reject some arguments against disqualifying Trump but ultimately accepted a weak argument in his favor. There is debate over whether Trump’s conduct can be classified as “engaging in insurrection” or giving aid to those who did. While the analysis of this issue is detailed, the discussion of whether the president is an “officer of the United States” is weak and superficial. No matter how the case proceeds, it is apparent that the legal battle over Trump’s eligibility is far from over.