I don’t think so. But I understand why the Democrats characterize it that way.
So let’s begin with the definition of insurrection:
Merriam-Webster: a usually violent attempt to take control of a government
Cambridge English: an organized attempt by a group of people to defeat their government and take control of their country, usually by violence
Other definitions appear to use the words “organized” and “armed”.
All of the definitions I have found fail to describe what actually happened. So let’s be clear:
a) There was a protest against the vote count because the former President stoked that fire and fed it for months.
b) Within that protest, there were organized groups of people who were determined to breach the Capitol and did so.
c) Those violent groups of people made their intentions known to the former President through his acolytes and they were encouraged by the President through his actions the day before and through his inaction the day of the Electoral College.
d) The protest was the Trojan Horse that delivered the violence to the Capitol.
e) To continue the deception that this was a spontaneous action, the organized groups did not bring guns or edged weapons to the fray. They used materials at hand as weapons.
Now the use of the word “insurrection” is key because Section 3 of the 14th Amendment says: “No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
If this January 6, 2021 event can be clearly described as an insurrection or a rebellion, then former President Trump is not eligible to run for federal office ever again. And if other Senators or Representatives were involved in planning or supporting these insurrectionists, then they are also unable to remain in office or run for office.
Words matter and perception matters in this case. The key item is IF this was organized with the intent to disrupt the Electoral College, it is an insurrection hiding within a peaceful protest. And it is key whether people participated in or were providing aid and comfort to the insurrectionists and rebellion.
There is an escape clause in the last sentence of Section 3 which allows Congress by a two-thirds vote of EACH house, to remove this restriction. So even if Speaker Pelosi and Chich Schumer are successful in bringing this to the floor of their respective chambers, they still have to deal with getting a 2/3 majority vote to bar former President Trump and his acolytes from office.
This debacle, this disruption of the Electoral College, isn’t over yet.