Attacking the US Constitution is ‘anathema to the soul of our nation’, a White House spokesman says.
The White House has condemned Donald Trump after the former president called for the termination of the US Constitution.
Trump made the call in a post on Saturday on the social media platform Truth Social, which he owns, as he repeated the false claim that he won the 2020 presidential election.
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White House spokesman Andrew Bates said the US Constitution is a “sacrosanct document” that brings the American people together.
“Attacking the Constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation, and should be universally condemned,” Bates said in a statement.
“You cannot only love America when you win,” he said.
Trump, who announced last month that he is running again for president, said his election loss warranted drastic moves.
“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 wrote. “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting from Washington DC, said Trump’s post is “extraordinary” given that presidents take an oath of office to protect the US Constitution.
“The world at this point is used to the bombastic statements coming from Trump, but this perhaps is considered to cross a new line given that the US Constitution is held in such high esteem.”
“This is the latest in a series of actions that Trump has taken since he announced he wants to run a third time for the president,” Zhou-Castro said. “He has moved closer to extremism in meetings with anti-Semites at Mar-a-Lago and also stating that he would pardon the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 if he is elected back to the White House.”