Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has joined those condemning former President Donald Trump for suggesting the termination of at least parts of the Constitution amid his push to get back in power before the 2024 presidential election.
Trump has promoted the idea of either holding a redo of the 2020 presidential election or somehow declaring him the rightful winner, although there is no legal mechanism established for either option — and there remains no evidence of some kind of apocalyptic conspiracy to rig the last presidential race. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a noted expert, has also previously spoken about the ridiculousness of seeking a foundation for going against the Constitution in the document itself. “Suggesting the termination of the Constitution is not only a betrayal of our Oath of Office, it’s an affront to our Republic,” Murkowski said Sunday. She was, of course, one of seven GOP Senators — out of 50 serving in the chamber at the time — who voted in favor of Trump’s conviction after his impeachment for inciting last year’s Capitol riot, in connection to which new arrests are continuing.
Utah Republican Mitt Romney, the only GOP Senator who voted in favor of both of Trump’s impeachments, has also prominently spoken out against Trump’s push to undo the Constitution. Others who have expressed some combination of consternation and outrage on the Right over Trump’s comments include Mike Pence and the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, which is a generally conservative publication that is under the Murdochs’ News Corp.
Among Republicans, there has been little condemnation for Trump’s stance outside of the usual suspects, like Liz Cheney. What he is suggesting amounts to undoing not just the basic standards by which elections are held and presidents are picked but the already documented results from the most recent presidential race. Imagine if a top Democrat called for even the possibility of installing them as president without even holding an election. Republicans would flip! Trump has tried to do damage control, but calling for what amounts to undoing portions of the Constitution because he has a plan and doing so just because it’s a day that ends in “y” have the same net result.
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