Donald Trump’s Call to Suspend the Constitution is Not Surprising, but it is Alarming
Over the weekend, former President Donald Trump lit another bonfire of controversy on Truth Social. The former POTUS suggested that
Over the weekend, former President Donald Trump lit another bonfire of controversy on Truth Social. The former POTUS suggested that the Constitution of the United States should be suspended or terminated – all to restore him to leadership.
It’s not exactly a new proposition from the FPOTUS, but it’s the first time he’s said it so openly.
And surprising or not, a once-and-possibly-future Commander in Chief suggesting that the Constitution should be axed is cause for serious alarm.
Donald Trump Wants to Axe the Constitution to Regain Power
Donald Trump believes we should terminate “all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution” to overturn the 2020 election. That was his view on 1/6 and remains his view today. No honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) December 4, 2022
On Saturday, a brooding Trump took to Truth Social to share his thoughts on the 2020 election – again.
This time as times before, Trump had a thought on how the 2020 election should be handled retroactively. This time, the former POTUS didn’t mince words. He went right for the jugular.
Trump wrote, “So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?”
He continued, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
The backlash was instant across the internet.
Famed controversy-stoker Elon Musk even weighed in on Twitter, writing, “The Constitution is greater than any President. End of story.”
Soon-to-be-former Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) wrote, “Donald Trump believes we should terminate ‘all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution’ to overturn the 2020 election. That was his view on 1/6 and remains his view today. No honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.”
Former Libertarian Rep Justin Amash wrote, “The answer is not to terminate the Constitution but rather to follow it.”
Former Republican governor of New Jersey Chris Christie (a once-ally turned enemy of Trump) told ABC’s “This Week,” “This is what kills my party right now.”
Republican Leadership Sounds a Lot like Silence Right Now
Every congressional reporter should demand responses from Congressional Republicans about Donald Trump’s call for the Constitution to be terminated … how many of them called themselves “Constitutional conservatives” during the Obama years??? https://t.co/Uhmek9LeoT— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) December 3, 2022
And Democrats were swift to speak out against Trump’s statements as well.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) tweeted, “Trump just called for the suspension of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 results. Georgia VOTE. You stood tall against Trump and his minions last time. A win for Warnock is another win for democracy.”
And Rep Eric Swalwell (D-CA) wrote, “Every congressional reporter should demand responses from Congressional Republicans about Donald Trump’s call for the Constitution to be terminated … how many of them called themselves ‘Constitutional conservatives’ during the Obama years???”
But there are some leaders who have been disturbingly silent: Republicans.
Whereas Senator Mitch McConnell scolded Trump for dining with avowed white supremacist Nick Fuentes, he’s been silent so far on Trump’s statements about the 2020 election and Constitution.
And Kevin McCarthy has been similarly silent.
Republican leadership seems to be hoping that they can distance themselves from the never-ending, rapid-fire controversies of the MAGA leader, but people are asking them to take a stand.
In 2024, the GOP will have to decide whether it’s the party of MAGA/Trump, Q-Anon and white supremacists – or conservative values.