Criticism of former President Trump after his comments on the Constitution

criticism of former President Trump after his comments on the constitution
criticism of former President Trump after his comments on the constitution

Democratic and Republican officials criticized former President Donald Trump on Sunday after he called for the "repeal" of parts of the Constitution related to his claim that the 2020 election was rigged.

Mr Trump, who announced last month that he would run for president again, expressed his views over the weekend on his social media platform Truth Social.

"A massive fraud of this magnitude justifies the repeal of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution," he wrote. "The great 'Founders' of the nation did not want and will not condone false and rigged elections!"

Incoming House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday called former President Trump's statement outlandish and extreme and said Republicans will have to decide whether to continue to embrace his anti-democratic views.

"Republicans need to sort out the issues surrounding the former president and decide whether to break away from him and return to logic, or continue to lean toward extremism," he said.

Former President Trump, whose term ended with his supporters violently storming the Capitol in an attempt to stop the peaceful transition of power on January 6, 2021, faces an escalating criminal investigation, some of which could lead to indictments. They include the investigation into classified documents seized by the FBI from Mar-a-Lago, and ongoing state and federal investigations into efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Asked about Mr Trump's comments on Sunday, Mike Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said he "strongly opposes" and "absolutely" condemns the comments, adding that Republicans should take them into account when deciding who should lead their party in 2024.

"There is a political process that takes place to determine who should be the main candidate of the party," he said. "I believe Republicans will certainly consider such a statement as they evaluate the candidates."

Mr Trump's comments come after new Twitter owner Elon Musk said he would release data showing how Twitter engaged in "suppression of free speech" ahead of the 2020 election.

But the information released Friday, which focused on the tech company's vague response to news about the president's son Hunter, did not show that Democrats tried to block the news.

The White House responded Saturday to former President Trump's remarks, saying, "You can't love America only when it wins."

"The US Constitution is a sacred document that for more than 200 years has guaranteed that liberty and the rule of law prevail in our great country," spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. "The attack on the Constitution and everything it stands for is an attack on the essence of our nation."/VOA

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