Former President Donald Trump called for the Constitution to be terminated to overturn the 2020 election and return him to power Saturday in a continuation of his election denial and push for fringe conspiracy theories.
“Are you throwing out the results of the 2020 presidential election and declaring the RIGHTEOUS WINNER, or are you having NEW ELECTIONS? A massive fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those in the Constitution,” Trump wrote in a post to social network Truth Social, accusing “Big Tech” of working closely together with Democrats. “Our great ‘founders’ did not and would not condone false and fraudulent elections!”
Trump’s post came after the release of internal Twitter emails showing deliberation in 2020 on a New York Post story about material found on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Saturday that Trump’s comments “are an abomination to the soul of our nation and should be universally condemned.”
“You can’t just love America when you win,” Bates said in a statement. “The United States Constitution is a sacred document that has ensured for more than 200 years that liberty and the rule of law prevail in our great country. The Constitution brings the American people together — regardless of party — and elected leaders swear to abide by it. It is the ultimate memorial to all Americans who gave their lives to defeat selfish despots who abused their power and trampled on fundamental rights.”
Staff on Twitter’s legal, policy, and communications teams debated — and sometimes disagreed — over whether the article should be restricted under the company’s hacked materials policy. The debate took place weeks before the 2020 election, when Joe Biden, Hunter Biden’s father, ran against then-President Trump.
Trump announced his third presidential bid last month and is still widely regarded as the leader of the Republican Party. Party leaders had hoped the former president would drop his election-denial rhetoric after lackluster results in the meantime.
Earlier this week, Trump expressed support for the rioters behind the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. we are going to get to the bottom of it.”
In a September interview, Trump said he was “financially supporting” some of the January 6 defendants and promised that he would issue pardons and government apologies to those facing prosecution if he were reelected.
He has also come under fire for dining at his Mar-a-Lago resort with noted white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, who recently made a slew of anti-Semitic remarks.