What did Donald Trump say about terminating the US Constitution?
The former President suggested that “all rules, regulations, and articles” be ignored to allow him to return to the White House.
In his latest attempt to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, former President Trump took to Truth Social over the weekend to call for the termination of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Trump is continuing to post on Truth Social despite having his Twitter account reinstated and he used the platform to repeat his disproven claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.
“Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?” Trump asked.
“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” he continued.
This assertion that the Constitution could be ‘terminated’ has drawn sharp criticism from Democrats but also from members of his own party. Trump’s 2024 presidential run kicked off last month when he officially declared his candidacy but his campaign has struggle to gain traction.
Alongside his baseless claims of election fraud, Trump’s Truth Social posting also accused “Big Tech” of working closely with Democrats. He wrote: “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
Bipartisan opposition to Trump’s anti-democratic claims
Trump’s Truth Social posts are really just the latest instalment of his claims about election fraud and of his illegal attempts to reverse the result and restore himself to power. However the language used in these posts went beyond many of the statements that he has made before and they were quickly denounced as anti-democratic.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said that Trump’s remarks were “anathema to the soul of our nation, and should be universally condemned.”
Bates continued: “The Constitution brings the American people together – regardless of party – and elected leaders swear to uphold it. It’s the ultimate monument to all of the Americans who have given their lives to defeat self-serving despots.”
Unsurprisingly Democrats in Congress were quick to point to the authoritarian nature of Trump’s demands. More telling, perhaps, were the responses given by GOP lawmakers who wanted to distance themselves from Trump.
Republican Representative-elect Mike Lawler said: “Well, obviously I don’t support that… The Constitution is set for a reason, to protect the rights of every American.”
Likewise GOP Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said: “I vehemently disagree with the statement that Trump has made.”
But despite a few instances of Republicans pushing back against Trump’s rhetoric, the vast majority were unwilling to outwardly condemn Trump for those statements. Trump is gradually alienating himself from the more moderate elements of the party, but his sway in Republican circles is still clear to see.