For over 200 years the US Constitution has been the law of the land and today the document is under attack….even by an ex-president of the United States….
When he announced his reelection campaign, Donald Trump eased up on allegations of a stolen election in his speech. The former president ramped things back up in a big way this weekend, with a series of Truth Social posts calling for the suspension of the Constitution.
- Trump: “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” Trump wrote, per the Hill. He later added, “UNPRECEDENTED FRAUD REQUIRES UNPRECEDENTED CURE!” per the Washington Post.
- White House: The White House quickly fired back. “Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation and should be universally condemned,” said spokesman Andrew Bates. He called the Constitution a “sacrosanct document,” and added, “You cannot only love America when you win.”
Trump’s new line of attack comes after Elon Musk made public internal Twitter emails about the platform’s debate over a 2020 New York Post story about Hunter Biden’s laptop. In Trump’s view, the emails show that “Big Tech” colluded with Democrats to squelch a negative story, per CNN. “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!” wrote Trump. At Bloomberg, however, Kurt Wagner writes that the Twitter documents “broke relatively little new ground.” And Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times tweeted that they amount to a “half dozen screenshots of content moderation policy executives earnestly debating content moderation policy.”
Trump also sought to pull in other top GOP figures into the controversy. “I wonder what Mitch McConnell, the RINOS, and all of the weak Republicans who couldn’t get the Presidential Election of 2020 approved and out of the way fast enough, are thinking now?” he wrote. We might find out. At the Politico Playbook, the authors predict that “every Republican will be asked about Trump’s statement” to suspend the Constitution, adding, “If you are a Republican who thinks being asked to take a position on this is just some liberal media trap, consider what you would say if BARACK OBAMA or JOE BIDEN tweeted this.”
Then came the attacks from the Right on such a dangerous idea…..(the sound of crickets from the GOP)….
A few Republicans joined Democrats in denouncing former President Donald Trump’s call for the “termination” of the Constitution, but none of them run the party’s congressional delegations. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had not said anything publicly about the scheme to install Trump as president between elections by Sunday afternoon, NBC News reports. Nor had the Republican National Committee, though NBC had asked spokespeople for comment on Saturday. Trump’s comments did not seem to push any Republican politicians into ruling out support for Trump’s current presidential run, per the New York Times.
A few Republicans appearing on the Sunday talk shows opposed the idea. “Well, obviously, I don’t support that,” New York Rep.-elect Mike Lawler said on CNN’s State of the Union. “The Constitution is set for a reason, to protect the rights of every American,” Lawler said before suggesting the nation move forward. On CBS’ Face the Nation, Ohio Rep. Mike Turner called Trump’s plan “certainly not consistent with the oath we all take.” But he avoided a direct question about whether the party’s frontrunner should say such a thing. Ohio Rep. David Joyce also found the topic awkward in his appearance on ABC News’ This Week. He said he wasn’t aware of what Trump had said. Trump doesn’t have the authority to suspend the Constitution anyway, Joyce said, while adding that he’ll support “whoever the Republican nominee is” for president is in 2024.
Any thoughts on this ludicrous idea?
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”