Former President Trump’s call over the weekend to end parts of the U.S. Constitution to overturn the 2020 election results was met with ridicule and opposition by Senate Republicans on Monday.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (W.Va.), a newly formed member of the Republican leadership. “It is ridiculous to tarnish our dedication to the Constitution.”
“It’s very inappropriate,” said former presidential ally Sen. Lindsay Graham, RS.C. “This statement was inappropriate and I am glad he made the clarification.
“Most Republicans are frustrated, but that wasn’t the answer,” he added.
Trump’s remarks appeared in a post on Truth Social on Saturday, booking the former president’s crazy news cycle even by his own high standards. It comes just days after the news broke that he had dined with ‘Yeah’ and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
On Monday, Trump tried to away From Saturday’s remarks.
“Fake news is trying to convince the American public that I said I wanted to ‘end’ the Constitution. This, like Russia, Russia, Russia, and all other hoaxes and frauds, is just disinformation and lies,” Trump wrote on Monday afternoon, adding, “Immediate action must be taken to rectify the mistake. It won’t,” he added.
In another post written in all caps, Trump said: There is no time limit for changes where blatant and blatant fraud is involved. “
Nonetheless, Senate Republicans gave a series of reactions to Trump’s proposal, but, in typical fashion, avoided criticizing the former president himself.
Senator John Cornyn (Texas Republican) said: “I think it’s irresponsible.”
Senator Ted Cruz (Republican, Texas) is a self-proclaimed supporter of the nation’s shaping documents, told reporters The constitution is to be “permanent and to last for thousands of years.” When asked if the 45th president was wrong, he declined to answer.
At one point, a reporter asked Sen. Cynthia Ramis (Republican, Wyoming) about the former president’s remarks. After she said she had never seen them, she asked incredulously, “Which election?” And she laughed as she could hear after she was told Trump was talking about the 2020 contest.
Trump is the only participant so far in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination. That hasn’t stopped other potential participants in major fights from criticizing his recent remarks.
Former Vice President Mike Pence told a South Carolina radio station Monday that anyone running for the party’s presidential nomination “should make it clear that they support and defend the Constitution.”
Contributed by Alexander Bolton.