Trump calls for scrapping US Constitution, peddling false election fraud claims

Former president rails against big tech and Democratic party after emails released by US journalist show Twitter staff debating whether to allow posts on Hunter Biden laptop story

Michael Horovitz is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel

Former US president Donald Trump announces he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP/Andrew Harnik)
Former US president Donald Trump announces he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

Former US president Donald Trump called for the termination of the Constitution in a post on his Truth Social platform on Sunday, citing false claims that the 2020 presidential election results were fraudulent.

Trump’s post appeared to be a response to “The Twitter Files,” released by journalist Matt Taibi in a series of tweets, which publicized email correspondence among Twitter staff deliberating whether to suppress a 2020 New York Post story on information regarding overseas business dealings and controversial material found on a laptop belonging to US President Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

“So, with the revelation of massive and widespread fraud and deception in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, and the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 out and declare the rightful winner, or do you have a new election?” the former president wrote.

“A massive fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” he added. “Our great ‘Founder’ did not want, and would not condone, false and fraudulent elections!”

The article in the New York Post, published three weeks before the 2020 election, reported on emails that the newspaper said had come from Hunter Biden’s laptop and that it said it received from Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer.

Twitter supposedly blocked the story from the platform at the time due to its policy on hacked and stolen materials, but later reversed the decision. Emails posted by Taibi showed Twitter staff were divided over the move.

Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Jill Biden holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as their children Ashley and Hunter watch.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

The White House slammed Trump’s remarks in a statement, saying: “You cannot only love America when you win.”

“The American Constitution is a sacrosanct 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,” Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said.

“It’s the ultimate monument to all of the Americans who have given their lives to defeat self-serving despots that abused their power and trampled on fundamental rights. Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation and should be universally condemned,” he added.

Since his loss in the 2020 elections, Trump has falsely maintained that the vote was rigged against him.

Last month, Trump announced he would run again for the presidency in 2024, despite a poor showing among his handpicked candidates at midterm elections.

Trump has recently been slammed for a dinner meeting with rapper Kanye West and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes. The former president expressed admiration for West, but said Fuentes had been brought along by the rapper and Trump did not know who he was, while declining to speak out against him.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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