NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Politicians denounce Trump’s lunacy

Former President Donald Trump is still delusional about his loss in the 2020 election. So delusional in fact that he is calling to terminate the U.S. Constitution.

Trump took to his Truth Social platform with his infamous election fraud hits that he repeats over, and over again about how the 2020 election was stolen from him. Now Trump calls for the termination of the Constitution. Terminating the same Constitution that Trump swore an oath to protect and defend against enemies both foreign and domestic is a new one for Trump.

“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD AND DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC and the Democratic Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?” Trump wrote in a Truth Social post published Saturday.
Trump continued to say, “A Massive Fraud of this type of 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 and Fraudulent Elections.”

The former president is in pure panic mode and will do anything he believes will stop the ongoing investigations of his many alleged crimes.

Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 Presidential Election last week and unprecedented two years before the election, thinking it would shield him from the ongoing criminal and civil investigations and possible grand juries and indictments he may be facing soon.

Trump’s deranged post came days after, the soon to be House Majority Speaker, Kevin McCarthy (R-California) tweeted, “on the very first day of new Republican elected Congress, we will read every single word of the Constitution allowed from the floor of the House – something that hasn’t been done in years.”

I think Leader McCarthy should read out loud the Constitution to the former president because I do not think he understands it.

There is ample evidence that Trump never had a grasp of what the U.S. Constitution stands for or means, let alone how much time, effort, and bi-partisan consensus it takes to amend it legally, according to Axios.

Trump truly is unhinged this time. 25 months after the 2020 Presidential General Election was called for Joe Biden (both Electoral College count and Popular vote), the former Apprentice host feels the need that the document that lays the foundation for all rights in the United States needs to be “fired.”

Donald Trump’s remarks were condemned by the White House, with Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates stated “attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation,” according to The Hill.

In a separate statement issued by Bates to The Hill, he called on all GOP lawmakers to “reaffirm their oath of office.”
According to Axios, several influential GOP figures have come out and criticized Trump’s insane claims.

Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) tweeted on Monday, “as elected officials, we take an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution,”
Rounds goes on to say, “we should never dishonor the oath. No one is above the Constitution. Anyone that desires to lead our country must protect the Constitution. They should not threaten to terminate it.”

Rounds finished with “there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would alter the results of the 2020 election.”

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Arkansas) who was among a few Senate Republicans who voted to convict Trump during his second impeachment trial in 2020, condemned Trump’s comments in a tweet Sunday night stating “suggesting the termination of the Constitution is not only a betrayal of our oath of office, it’s an affront to our Republic,” according to ABC News.

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) who also voted to convict Trump, said the Republicans have historically represented “the party of the Constitution,” which puts the former president’s comments into conflict with being a Republican, according to ABC News.
“When President Trump says he wants to suspend the Constitution, he goes from being MAGA to being RINO,” Romney also said, using the acronym for Republicans in name only.

Former Vice President Mike Pence told WVOC Radio in South Carolina “everyone who serves in public office, everyone that aspires to serve or serve again, should make it clear we will support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Other Republican lawmakers had harsher things to say.
Representative Liz Chaney (R-Wyoming) said in a tweet on Sunday night “no honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.”

Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) tweeted on Sunday “with the former president calling to throw aside the Constitution, not a single conservative can legitimately support him, and not a single supporter can be called a conservative.” Kinzinger added “this is insane. Trump hates the Constitution.”
Representative Mike Turner (R-Ohio) denounced Trump’s claims telling CBS’s “Face The Nation” that the former president’s remarks were “certainly not consistent with the oath we all take.” He goes on to say, “I vehemently disagree with the statement Trump has made.”

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, an adviser to Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said “I don’t know why anybody would say such a thing like that, certainly not an ex-president. I think that’s irresponsible.

On the Democratic side, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) tweeted on Sunday “for Donald Trump last week it was dinner with antisemites. Now he’s calling for an end to America’s Constitutional democracy. He’s out of control and a danger to our democracy. Everyone must condemn this attack on our democracy” according to Axios.

Representative Bill Pascrell (D-New Jersey) tweeted Sunday “a few hours ago the leader of the republican party Donald Trump called for destroying the Constitution and making himself dictator.”

Representative Eric Swalwell (D-California) tweeted Monday “every congressional reporter should demand responses from Congressional Republicans about Donald Trump’s call for the Constitution to be terminated… how many of them call themselves ‘Constitutional conservatives’ during the Obama years???”

“Trump’s words and actions are well beyond the bounds of acceptable political discourse,.They stoke hatred and political violence, and they are dangerous” a statement made by Representative Don Beyer (D-Virginia), he went on to say, “Trump has openly declared himself an enemy of the Constitution, and Republicans must repudiate him.”

After a lot of backlash from the Republican Party, Trump tried to back track his statement by saying his posts were misinterpreted by the “fake news media” about his suggested that election rules should be scrapped so he can return to office.
According to Forbes, Trump insisted Monday that “what I said was that … steps must be taken to right the wrong, with the massive and widespread fraud and deception” he claims occured in the presidential election despite no evidence of his claims, according to Forbes

Newly elected Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) told ABC’s This Week on Sunday he “thought it was strange statement.” He went on to say, “the Republicans are going to have to work out their issues with the former president and decide whether they are going to break from him and return to some semblance of reasonableness, or continue to lean into the extremism, not just of Trump but of Trump-ism”

I bet the Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves.