Newly elected House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries has defended past remarks that called Donald Trump’s 2016 election “unjustified” in response to Republican criticism, threatening him with the presidency. He pointed out that he had voted to prove it.
“I don’t hesitate to criticize the former president,” Jeffries said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.
Jeffries said on his social media site Truth Social on Saturday that Republicans “will have to work things out” with Trump, and that his 2020 defeat should be reversed. , “rules, regulations, articles, constitutions” should be abolished. Jeffries called it a “strange remark”.
Jeffries said of Trump, who is running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, “Suspending the constitution is an unusual move, but we are used to unusual statements by former presidents.
Meanwhile, Republicans have criticized Jefferies after Democrats nominated him to succeed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying that Russian interference made the 2016 presidential election “unjustified” and that Trump was “fake.” citing a tweet that questioned whether it was the president of
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Jeffries an “election naysayer.” It’s a term usually used to describe Trump and his supporters who refuse to accept his defeat in 2020.
Jeffries has voted to prove Trump’s 2016 victory, attended the inauguration, and worked with the administration on issues such as the treaty with Mexico and criminal justice reform.
“The track record speaks for itself,” he said.
The White House has sharply criticized Trump’s recent allegations of election fraud, calling the US Constitution a “sacred document.”
“Attacking the Constitution and all that it stands for is an abomination to the soul of our nation and should be widely condemned,” White House Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement. “You can’t love America only when you win.”
Former Trump adviser John Bolton, who has since become one of his toughest critics, cites the statement that “all true conservatives” should oppose his 2024 campaign. said on Twitter.
“No American conservative can agree with Donald Trump’s call to suspend the Constitution because of the 2020 election results,” he wrote.
Republican Rep. David Joyce, who chairs the Moderate Republican Governance Group, said he would not respond to Trump’s latest statement “this week,” even if it was a call to suspend the US Constitution. said.
“He says a lot,” he said. “That doesn’t mean it will never happen.”