Former US President Donald Trump has been rebuked by both Democratic and Republican officials after he called for parts of the Constitution to be “cancelled” for his lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
r Trump, who announced last month that he was running for president again, made the claim on his social media platform Truth over the weekend.
“A massive fraud of this type and magnitude enables the repeal of all rules, regulations and articles, even those contained in the Constitution,” he wrote. “Our great ‘founders’ did not and will not condone false and fraudulent elections!”
Republicans must sort out their issues with the former president and decide whether to break with him and return to some semblance of sanity, or continue to align with extremism, not just with Trump, but with TrumpismHakeem Jeffries, new leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives
Hakeem Jeffries, leader of the Democrats in the upcoming House of Representatives, described Mr Trump’s statement as strange and extreme and said Republicans must decide whether to continue to embrace the former president’s anti-Democratic views.
“Republicans must sort out their issues with the former president and decide whether to break with him and return to some semblance of sanity or continue to align with extremism, not just with Trump, but with Trumpism. ‘ said Mr. Jeffries.
Mr. Trump, who was the first to be indicted twice and whose term ended with his supporters violently storming the Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of power on January 6, 2021, faces escalating criminal investigations, including several leading to indictments could .
These include the investigation of classified documents seized by the FBI in Mar-a-Lago and ongoing federal and state investigations related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
There is a political process that must go ahead before anyone is a lead candidate, or even the candidate for the party. I believe that people will certainly consider a statement like this when evaluating a candidateRepublican Mike Turner
When asked about Mr. Trump’s comments on Sunday, Mike Turner of Ohio, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said he “vehemently disagrees” and “absolutely” condemned the comments. He said they should be a factor when Republicans decide who should lead their party in 2024.
“There is a political process that has to go ahead before anyone is a front runner or even a candidate for the party,” he said.
“I think people will certainly consider a statement like that when evaluating a candidate.”
Republican-elect Mike Lawler also contradicted the comments, saying it was time to stop focusing on “grievances from previous elections.”
I think the former president would be wise to focus on the future if he were running for president againRepublican-elect Mike Lawler
“The Constitution was created for a reason, to protect the rights of every American,” Lawler said.
“I think the former president would be well advised to focus on the future when running for president again.”
Mr Trump’s comments came after Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, said he would reveal how the platform had engaged in “suppression of free speech” in the run-up to the 2020 election.
But filings released Friday, which focused on the tech company’s confused reaction to a story about US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, don’t show Democrats are trying to narrow the story.
The American Constitution is a sacrosanct document that has guaranteed liberty and the rule of law in our great country for over 200 years. The attack on the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nationWhite House spokesman Andrew Bates
The White House attacked Trump Saturday, saying, “You can’t love America just by winning.”
“The US Constitution is a sacrosanct document that for over 200 years has guaranteed that liberty and the rule of law shall prevail in our great country,” Spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
“Assaulting the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation.”
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