Former US President Donald Trump has caused outrage with a statement about overriding the constitution. Trump had once again spread his false claim on his online network Truth Social on Saturday that he was deprived of a second term in the 2020 election through voter fraud.
"A massive fraud of this nature and magnitude enables the repeal of all rules, regulations and articles, even those written in the Constitution," Trump wrote not tolerate them."
The White House immediately condemned Trump's statement. "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.
President Joe Biden's Democrat politicians sharply attacked Trump. "He's calling for an end to America's constitutional democracy," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. "He's out of control and a threat to our democracy."
Rep. Ted Lieu dismissed Trump's statement as "anti-American and fascist." Congressman Don Beyer said Trump had "openly declared himself an enemy of the Constitution."
Massive criticism also came from Republicans. Congressman Adam Kinzinger called Trump's statement "insane." No Conservative can now support him. John Bolton, who was Trump's national security adviser until a disagreement, said "all true conservatives" must now prevent Trump's candidacy in the 2024 presidential election.
Republican Congressman Mike Turner told CBS on Sunday that he "vehemently" disagrees with Trump's statements and "absolutely condemns" them. The words should also play a role in the party's decision on who to put in the 2024 White House race.
"There's a political process that has to happen before anyone is a front runner or even the party's nominee," said Turner, who serves as the senior Republican member on the House Intelligence Committee.
Hakeem Jeffries, future leader of the Democrats in the grand chamber of Congress, described Trump's post on ABC as strange and extreme. Republicans will have to decide whether to continue to welcome his anti-Democratic views, Jeffries said.
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