Biden Rebukes Trump over Constitution 'Termination' Comments

    Photo: The New York Times

    The Facts

    • The White House has rebuked former Pres. Donald Trump after he apparently suggested "terminating" the US constitution in order to declare himself the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election.

    • Calling the constitution a "sacrosanct document," White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said: "Attacking the constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation... You cannot only love America when you win."

    The Spin

    Democratic narrative

    Donald Trump's continual election denialism, reluctance to drop fringe conspiracy theories, and absurd demand to terminate the constitution, should be a wake-up call for Republicans — a group who call themselves "constitutional conservatives." Clearly Trump isn't the right person to lead their party in 2024, as the election winner will take the oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the US constitution.

    Republican narrative

    Too much focus on the controversial antics of the former president means the media are failing to report on key GOP priorities, such as working towards a Republican majority and protecting the interests of the American people. Trump has no power to suspend the constitution and is only one of a broad range of candidates likely to run in the primaries, so there's no need to pay too much attention to these, as yet, inconsequential comments.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 38% chance that Trump will win the 2024 US Presidential Election if it is Biden v Trump, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Public figures in this story

    Political split



    More neutral political stance articles

    Sign up to our daily newsletter