Former President Donald Trump called for the repeal of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 election and restore him to power on Saturday in a continuation of his election denialism and push for fringe conspiracy theories.
“Do you THROW OUT the results of the 2020 presidential election and declare the rightful winner or have a NEW ELECTION? A massive fraud of this type and magnitude calls for the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the constitution, ” Trump wrote in a post on the social network Truth Social, accusing “Big Tech” of working closely with Democrats. “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not tolerate, false and fraudulent elections!”
Trump’s post came after the release of internal Twitter emails showing deliberations in 2020 over a New York Post story about material found on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Saturday that Trump’s remarks are “disastrous 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 US Constitution is a sacred document that for over 200 years has guaranteed that freedom 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 uphold it. It is the ultimate monument to all the Americans who gave their lives to defeat self-serving despots who abused their power and trampled on basic rights.”
Employees on Twitter’s legal, policy and communications teams debated — and at times disagreed — whether to restrict the article under the company’s hacked material 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 electoral denial rhetoric after poor results in the midterms.
Earlier this week, Trump expressed support for the rioters behind the deadly January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, saying in a video played during a fundraiser that “People have been treated unconstitutionally in my opinion and very, very unfairly, and we” will get to the bottom of it.”
In an interview in September, Trump said he “financially supported” some defendants on January 6 and promised that he would issue pardons and a government apology to those prosecuted if re-elected.
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 has recently made a series of anti-Semitic remarks.