Republicans reject Trump’s call to ‘cancel’ the constitution

Scores of Republican lawmakers have spoken out against former President Donald Trump after he called for the Constitution to be suspended to help him regain power.

Trump sparked significant controversy on Friday night when he claimed in a Truth Social post that alleged “massive fraud” on the part of the Democratic Party was sufficient grounds to suspend the rules of the Constitution and reinstate him as president. This came in response to Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files,” a release of internal emails showing that Twitter leadership mishandled the visibility of a story about Joe Biden’s son Hunter ahead of the 2020 election.

In response, numerous commentators and political leaders have condemned Trump’s post as a clear attack on democracy. Alongside the expected surge of leftist and independent voices against the former president, a notable number of conservatives and elected Republicans also opposed the post of presumptive GOP nominee for president in 2024.

Republicans condemn Trump's constitutional comments
Above, Donald Trump is seen returning to the White House after undergoing treatment for COVID in October 2020. A handful of GOP officials have denounced the former president’s recent comments calling for the constitution to be suspended.
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Rep. Michael Turner, an Ohio Republican and future chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, denounced Trump’s post while declaring that a “political process” would be initiated before any candidate is truly considered a frontrunner for 2024 and hoped that the Voters doing so would consider such a statement.

“I vehemently disagree with the statement Trump made. Trump has made a thousand statements that I disagree with,” Turner said during a performance Face the nation On Sunday.

Mike Lawler, a New York Republican who was recently elected to the House of Representatives during this year’s midterm elections, condemned the post when he pushed for it on CNN.

“Obviously I don’t support that,” Lawler said Sunday of Trump’s call for the repeal of the constitution. “The Constitution was created for a reason, to protect the rights of every American. I certainly don’t endorse that language or sentiment.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an outgoing GOP congressman from Illinois and outspoken conservative critic of the former president, also attacked Trump’s testimony in a tweet on Sunday. He also called for answers from senior House Republicans, including presumptive Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy of California, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

“As the former president calls for the abolition of the Constitution, not a single conservative can legitimately support him, and not a single supporter can be called a conservative,” Kinzinger wrote. “That’s crazy. Trump hates the Constitution. Right @GOPLeader @EliseStefanik @Jim_Jordan?”

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Rick Schindler

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