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Trump condemned after calls for ‘termination’ of the US Constitution

Former US President Donald Trump is facing widespread condemnation after stating that the US Constitution – the supreme law of the nation since 1789 - should be ‘terminated’ to allow him to return to power.

In a post on his Truth Social account, Trump stated: “Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution … Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”

These comments are a continuation of Trump’s persistent election denialism and promotion of conspiracy theories since his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

Trump has faced extensive backlash as a result of this statement – including from members of his own party. Republican Liz Cheney tweeted that Trump’s statement “was his view on 1/6 and remains his view today”, referring to the Capitol attacks which are widely said to have been incited by Trump on 6 January last year, and went on to state that “no honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.”

Meanwhile, incoming House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries reflected on the ways Trump’s extremism will continue to affect the Republican party, stating: “Republicans are going to have to work out their issues with the former president and decide whether they’re going to break from him and return to some semblance of reasonableness or continue to lean in to the extremism, not just of Trump, but Trumpism”.

Furthermore, the White House has wholly condemned Trump’s statements, with spokesperson Andrew Bates saying: “You cannot only love America when you win. The American Constitution is a sacrosanct document that for over 200 years has guaranteed that freedom and the rule of law prevail in our great country … Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation.”

Trump’s statements have even been condemned by Elon Musk – chief executive of Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter – who tweeted: “The Constitution is greater than any President. End of story.”

Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid last month, despite being at the centre of numerous controversies since his time in office ended in 2020 - and of course well prior to that point.

These comments thus form another part of his string of recent condemnable actions, including his very recent choice to have dinner with rapper Kanye West, who has consistently made heavily antisemitic remarks and praised Hitler in recent weeks, and known White supremacist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes.

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