Ocasio-Cortez Says Trump Is Mentally Unstable, You Agree?

The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1868, addresses citizenship rights and equal protection under the law. One of its sections, Section 3, prohibits anyone who has engaged in “insurrection or rebellion” against the United States from holding federal office. This section was crafted in the aftermath of the Civil War to prevent Confederate leaders from returning to power.

In the context of former President Donald Trump, the 14th Amendment’s Section 3 became a topic of discussion following the events of January 6, 2021, when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol. Some legal scholars and politicians debated whether Trump’s actions or rhetoric could be interpreted as incitement or support for an insurrection, which might make him ineligible for future federal office under the 14th Amendment. However, this argument remains a subject of legal and political debate, and no formal steps have been taken to apply Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to Trump.