WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Former President Donald Trump faced criticism from officials in both parties on Sunday after he was called out for “abolishing” parts of the Constitution for his lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
Trump, who announced last month that he was running for president again, made the claim over the weekend on his Truth social media platform.
“A colossal fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the nullification of all rules, regulations and articles found in the Constitution,” he wrote. “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and will not, condemn rigged and rigged elections!”
Incoming House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday called Trump’s remarks bizarre and extreme and said Republicans would have to make a decision about whether to continue with Trump’s undemocratic views.
“Republicans have to sort out their issues with the former president and decide if they’re going to break with him and go back to some semblance of reason or continue to lean toward extremism, not just Trump, but Trumpism,” Jeffries said.
Trump, the first president twice to be impeached and whose term ends on January 6, 2021, faces a surge in criminal investigations, including his supporters at the Capitol in an effort to block a peaceful transition of power. Many may be involved. for the charges. Among them, an investigation into classified documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, and ongoing state and federal investigations related to efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Asked about Trump’s comments on Sunday, Rep. Mike Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said he “strongly” disagrees and “absolutely” condemns the comments, adding that they should be a factor when Republicans decide who should lead their party in 2024.
“There is a political process that has to go through before one becomes the favorite or even the candidate of the party,” he said. “I think people certainly take statements like this into account when evaluating a candidate.”