Trump insists he doesn’t want to ‘end’ the Constitution

Former President Trump insisted on Monday that he does not want to ‘end’ the Constitution, responding to wide backlash after saying over the weekend that its rules and laws should be ignored so he can return to the White House.

Trump, in a pair of posts on Truth Social, responded to the fallout from his comments on Saturday that the 2020 election should be redone or he should be reinstated. The former president came after internal communications on Twitter showed company officials deciding to limit postings about allegations against Hunter Biden, President Biden’s son, in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign. .

“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, saying he meant “immediate action must be taken to CORRECT THE FALSE.”

In a separate, all-caps article, Trump wrote 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!

Two days earlier, Trump posted about the controversy on Twitter, saying, “Massive fraud of this type and magnitude allows termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution.

The comments drew backlash — including from key GOP figures such as former Vice President Mike Pence — though many Republicans remained silent after the remarks.

“I must tell you that I believe that everyone who holds public office, everyone who aspires to serve or to serve again, should make it clear that we will support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pence said on a South Carolina Radio. show on Monday morning.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who defeated a Trump-backed challenger in November, said terminating the Constitution “is not just a betrayal of our oath of office, it’s an affront to our Republic”.

Trump has claimed for years that the 2020 election was stolen from him and that Hunter Biden colluded with his father over his business dealings, although there is no evidence either . But his calls for the Constitution to be ignored so he can be returned to power marked a new level of incendiary rhetoric.

The White House condemned Trump’s comments in a statement of its own.

“The Constitution brings the American people together – regardless of party – and elected leaders swear to uphold it,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates. “Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation and should be universally condemned.”

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