Colorado Supreme Court Declares Trump Ineligible for Presidency under 14th Amendment, Section 3

Donald Trump is ineligible to be on the ballot for the 2024 presidential election due to the Supreme Court of Colorado’s decision that Trump does not satisfy Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. The ruling states that “No person” can hold any state or federal office if they have previously been involved in insurrection or rebellion against the United States, something the court believes Trump is guilty of. The 4-3 majority believes that Trump is ineligible, and the case is now likely headed to the US Supreme Court. The two dissenting judges did not endorse any of the federal constitutional arguments on Trump’s side. I believe that the hardest issue raised in the case is whether Trump’s involvement in the insurrection was extensive enough to count as “engaging” in it. Even if it falls short of “engagement,” the court believes Trump’s actions gave “aid and comfort to the enemies” of the United States. The Colorado Supreme Court says the plain language and history of Section Three demonstrate that the President is an “officer of the United States” covered by Section 3, and there is no good reason to exempt Section 3 from the general principle of the Fourteenth Amendment. It is also argued that the Five-Day trial held in the district court in the Colorado case meets any plausible due process requirements for a case like this.