Senate GOP responds to Trump’s call to end the Constitution

Former President Trump’s weekend call for severing parts of the US Constitution to overturn the 2020 election results was met with derision and opposition from Senate Republicans on Monday.

“I think that’s ridiculous talk,” said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), a new member of the GOP leadership. “To smear our devotion to the Constitution is ridiculous.”

“Highly inappropriate,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), an ally of the former president. “The statement was inappropriate and I’m glad to see it clarified.

“Most Republicans are frustrated, but that wasn’t the answer,” he added.

Trump’s remarks came in an article on Truth Social on Saturday and capped a crazy news cycle for the former president, even by his own lofty standards. They came just days after news broke that he had dinner with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, and white supremacist Nick Fuentes, both of whom have openly and widely made anti-Semitic remarks.

On Monday, Trump attempted to backtrack on his Saturday remarks.

“The fake news is actually trying to convince the American people that I said I wanted to ‘end’ the Constitution. It’s just more DISINFORMATION and LIES, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA and all their other hoaxes and scams,” Trump wrote Monday afternoon, adding that he meant “immediate action must be taken to CORRECT THE FALSE.”

In a separate article written in all caps, Trump said that “if an election is irrefutably fraudulent, it should go to the rightful winner or, at a minimum, be redone.” In case of open and blatant fraud, there should be no time limit for change!

Nonetheless, Senate GOP members had a range of responses to Trump’s suggestion but typically avoided criticizing the former president himself.

“I don’t know why anyone would say something like that, certainly not an ex-president,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). “I think it’s irresponsible.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), a self-proclaimed supporter of the nation’s formative document, told reporters that the Constitution “lasts and will last for millennia to come”. He declined to answer when asked if the 45th president was wrong.

At one point, a reporter asked Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) about the ex-president’s remarks. After saying she hadn’t seen them, she asked in disbelief, “What election?” and laughed audibly after learning Trump was talking about the 2020 contest.

Trump is the only entrant in the 2024 race for the Republican nomination so far. That didn’t stop other potential contestants in the primary battle from criticizing his latest set of remarks.

Former Vice President Mike Pence told a South Carolina radio station Monday that anyone running for the party’s presidential nomination “should make it clear that we will support and defend the Constitution.”

Alexander Bolton contributed.

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