Donald Trump’s legal team is arguing against an attempt to exclude him from the 2024 presidential ballot in Colorado, claiming that the insurrection clause in the 14th Amendment does not apply to him.
This is in response to a lawsuit filed by a watchdog group and Republican figures, who argue that Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, violated the Amendment and should disqualify him.
Trump’s lawyers assert that the wording of the Amendment does not cover presidential candidates and that Trump’s inauguration oath did not include a commitment to “support” the Constitution. (Trending: Biden Shamefully Removes God From National Address)
“The framers excluded the office of President from Section Three purposefully,” claimed Trump’s legal team.
“Section Three does not apply, because the presidency is not an office ‘under the United States,’ the president is not an ‘officer of the United States,’ and President Trump did not take an oath ‘to support the Constitution of the United States,'” continued the attorneys.
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s legal team via email for comment.
The argument that Trump did not support the Constitution in his oath has been criticized on social media.
Democratic NJ Congressman Bill Pascrell posted, “Wow in a legal proceeding Trump is now arguing he didn’t violate the 14th Amendment by inciting the Jan 6 insurrection because he ‘never took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States.’ This treacherous criminal is head of the Republican Party.”
Former NY prosecutor Tristan Snell posted, “Donald Trump is arguing the president is not an ‘officer of the United States’ — and so he can’t be disqualified from office under the 14th Amendment for his involvement in the January 6 insurrection. Yes, you read that correctly. This is how bad his legal arguments are.”
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal on this matter.