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Trump tries to clarify call to ‘terminate’ parts of Constitution amid backlash

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Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida on November 15. (Alon Skuy/AFP via Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump on Monday attempted to clarify his call for parts of the US Constitution to be suspended or rules and regulations ‘terminated’ to allow himself to return to the White House, after being reprimanded by other Republicans.

Initially, Trump said on his Truth Social platform on Saturday that the role of social media companies limiting and removing misinformation and content that violated his policies in 2020 “enables the termination of all rules, regulations and articles, even those found in the Constitution .”

In his last message, Trump indicated that he had not said he wanted to end the Constitution, saying on Monday that “steps must be taken immediately to CORRECT THE WRONG”, referring to what he describes as widespread fraud and deception involving “Big Tech” – of which he offered no evidence – in the 2020 election.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (Carina Johansen/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump’s initial comment came after Twitter CEO Elon Musk promoted a series of tweets from writer Matt Taibbi on Twitter removing content, particularly related to Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, in 2020.

Earlier on Monday, a Republican close to Trump sought to clarify the former president’s remarks, suggesting Trump had been misunderstood.

“It highlights the unprecedented nature of Big Tech’s interference in the 2020 election to benefit Joe Biden, as well as how unprecedented an act ending certain rules of the Constitution would be,” said the Republican at Yahoo News.

Trump’s comments — the adviser did not say whether Trump would take the idea further — followed a news cycle in which Republican leaders roundly condemned him for dining with a white nationalist leader and the rapper more more anti-Semitic Kanye West, now known as Ye.

Kanye West is seen on October 28 in Los Angeles.

Kanye West is seen on October 28 in Los Angeles. (MEGA/GC Images via Getty Images)

His standing in the realm of other possible candidates for 2024 has steadily dwindled since he left the White House nearly two years ago, but Trump remains the clear frontrunner, ahead of potential contenders, the governor of Florida Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence and a handful of others. Trump has not held a campaign event since officially launching his campaign on Nov. 15.

On Monday, former Vice President Mike Pence dismissed Trump’s idea, saying in a WVOC radio interview that “everyone who holds public office, everyone who aspires to serve or to serve again, should make it clear that we will support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

A handful of Republican lawmakers were also quick to rebuke Trump’s comments over the weekend.

“You know, he says a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean it’s ever going to happen,” Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

Representative-elect Mike Lawler, RN.Y., said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” “Obviously, I don’t support that,” and said most people want to move on after the defeat of Trump in 2020.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks to the media at a fundraising event November 30 in Arundel Mills, Maryland.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan speaks to the media at a November 30 fundraising event in Arundel Mills, Md. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

In a tweet On Monday, incumbent Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, who teased a possible race in 2024, said “the Constitution is not the problem.”

“Looking back and attacking the Constitution is the problem. It’s time for our party to put that nonsense in the past and move on.

Trump’s latest explanation on Monday continues a longstanding pattern of the former president making startling statements and then rolling them back — often without publicly determining a course of action. Towards the end of the 2016 election, Trump said he would sue all women accusing him of sexual assault, then rescinded the threat. And, in the spring of 2019, Trump offered to close part of the border with Mexico, but said shortly after that he would wait a year to do so, according to a study compiled by the opposition research group Democrat American Bridge.



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