In what is probably his most delusional social media post yet, Donald Trump on Saturday flat-out called for the suspension of the US Constitution to be “terminated” so he can be reinstated as president while blaming tech companies for his electoral defeat in the 2020 election.
“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?” the unhinged former president wrote on Truth Social.
“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 falsely claimed. “Our great “Founders” did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
Trump’s diatribe began on Friday night in response to a Fox News report that the FBI had met with Twitter and other social media companies in the run-up to the 2020 election to combat the spread of disinformation online.
As the election approached and online disinformation campaigns ramped up, meetings between the FBI and social media companies increased in frequency and there was a specific warning from the bureau regarding a potential Russian “hack and dump” or “hack and leak” operation.
The Fox News report relates to a suit filed against the Biden administration by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri that accuses high-ranking government officials of working in conjunction with big tech companies to censor online content “under the guise of combating misinformation”.
New York Times journalist Peter Baker reacted on Twitter, writing that this is a dangerous new milestone for Trump.
“Needless to say, can’t think of a time in the United States when a former president (and would-be future president) has called for suspending the Constitution to let him seize power,” he wrote. “Even after all the shocks of the last few years, this one is remarkable.”
Needless to say, can't think of a time in the United States when a former president (and would-be future president) has called for suspending the Constitution to let him seize power. Even after all the shocks of the last few years, this one is remarkable.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) December 3, 2022