Republicans have some soul searching to do before they nominate their candidate for the 2024 Presidential election.  With former President Donald Trump’s hold on the GOP weakening, the party is facing a choice: Trump or the constitution.

Last weekend, Trump flat out said that the Constitution should be done away with in order to reinstate himself and remove Joe Biden from office, as he continues to reach new lows in his ongoing “big lie” of a stolen 2020 election.

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Trump posted on his Truth Social website:

“Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

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Trump vs. the constitution is nothing new, of course, with Politico publishing a piece titled “Trump vs. The Constituion: A Guide” a full three months before he was elected back in 2016.

Upon leaving the White House, pieces like The CATO Institutes “An Exit Survey of Trump’s Constitutional Misdeeds” flooded media outlets. That one, first published in the National Review of all places, claimed that Trump “broke norms and coarsened American political culture.”

That piece focused on 7 areas Trump violated the constitution while President, with a myriad of “dishonorable mentions” following:

1. Appointment of acting oficials

2. Steel tariffs

3. Border wall funding

4. Bump stock ban

5. Bombing Syria

6. Blocking Twitter users

7. COVID-19 executive orders

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That report concluded:

“Trump could’ve been truly dangerous if he’d had a greater understanding of the law and the powers of his office. It’s frightening to think of a world in which he’d enforced half the notions behind his tweets and used the levers of government rather than just lashing out.”

Keep in mind, that was written by the conservative institution that is The National Review.  If that publication knows how dangerous a smarter Trump would be as President, there is significant cause for alarm at the thought of a second term.  Suppose Trump picks up where he left off with the above constitutional violations.  Or worse, suppose Trump surrounds himself with people that are a) smart enough to truly make use of those violations, or b) cowardly enough to let him go rogue and enforce the “notions behind his tweets.”

So Republicans have a choice: Trump or the constitution.  Because it’s really that simple – you cannot have both.

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