WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump was rebuked by officials from both parties on Sunday after he called for parts of the constitution to be “cancelled” over his lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
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 found in the Constitution,” he wrote. “Our great ‘founders’ did not and will not condone false and fraudulent elections!”
New Democratic House Speaker Hakeem Jeffries described Sunday’s statement as odd and extreme, saying Republicans must choose whether to continue embracing Trump’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. ‘ Jeffries said.
Trump, who was the first to be impeached twice and whose term ended with his supporters violently storming the Capitol to stop the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 6, 2021, faces escalating criminal investigations, including several that could lead to Accuse. 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.
When asked about Trump’s comments on Sunday, Ohio Rep. Mike Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said he “vehemently disagrees” and “absolutely” condemns 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.”
Rep. Elect Mike Lawler, RN.Y., also contradicted the comments, saying it was time to stop focusing on “grievances from previous elections.”
“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.”
Trump’s comments came after Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, said he would reveal how Twitter had engaged in “suppression of free speech” in the run-up to the 2020 election. However, filings focusing on the tech company’s confused reaction to a story about Biden’s son Hunter were released Friday, show no Democrats trying to narrow the story.
The White House attacked Trump Saturday, saying, “You can’t love America just by winning.”
“The American Constitution is an untouchable 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 to our nation’s soul.”
Jeffries appeared on ABC’s This Week, Turner spoke on CBS’s Face the Nation, and Lawler was on CNN’s State of the Union.