Washington — Former President Donald Trump fueled controversy over the weekend by suggesting that parts of the US Constitution should face “expiration”. As CBS News correspondent Robert Costa reports, it was the latest in a series of words and actions from the former leader, giving Republicans a sense of how to respond to a man who still commands significant public support. But whose extreme views keep on going. away from mainstream American politics.
Trump’s latest comments, issued on Saturday in a post on his “Truth social” media platform, came in response to a report by journalist Matt Taby that Twitter employees were fired for their handling of a New York Post article in October 2020. There was a discussion about the method., Taibbi pointed out that both the Biden campaign and the Trump White House had communicated About the content on the platform.
Trump claimed that conversations between Twitter and political officials have revealed “a massive hoax” that is so severe that it “allows for the elimination of all rules, regulations and articles found in the Constitution.” “
Trump also called for a redo of the 2020 election, renewing his false claim of winning the vote. Trump continues to drum up false statements about that election, despite his own officialsIt was not “stolen” as he claims.
Senator Chuck Schumer of New York described Trump as “out of control and a threat to our democracy.”
Some Republicans were also critical, including Representative-elect Mike Lawler of New York, who said on CNN that he “definitely” did not support “that language or that sentiment.”
GOP Representative Mike Turner of Ohio said, “I completely disagree with the statement Trump made.”calling it one of “1,000 statements I disagree with” by the former president.
But any political costs to Trump, as he accelerates his 2024 presidential campaign, remained unclear, as some members of the GOP appeared to be taking a wait-and-see approach.
Representative David Joyce, a Republican from Ohio, said on ABC News that he would “endorse the Republican nominee … and I don’t think, at this point, he will.” [Trump] Can get there.”
Even Turner, who said he “absolutely” condemned Trump’s latest remarks, stressed that “there’s a political process that has to go through before anyone moves forward or even any party’s candidate.” is … I believe, answering your question, that people will certainly take such a statement into account when evaluating a candidate.”
The latest firestorm comes as the Republican Party continues to deal withAlong with white nationalists Nick Fuentes and Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West has made a spate of anti-Semitic comments.
Trump’s posts about the Constitution at that dinner and on social media left his party grappling with how to handle his attempted political comeback. And it all comes as Trump faces multiple federal and state investigations, and as a January 6 committee of the House prepares to release a comprehensive report that will shed light on the former president’s conduct during the attack on the Capitol. .
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat and one of the key members of that committee,That report could form the basis for the prosecution of Trump, “a man who will not take the American people for an answer and is prepared to overthrow an election.”