Rep. Paul Gosar backs Trump’s call for ‘termination’ of Constitution

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FILE – Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., waits for a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, on July 22, 2021. An Arizona judge has ordered three Republicans, including secretary of state nominee Mark Finchem and Gosar, to pay $75,000 in attorney fees for filing a defamation suit against a former Democratic lawmaker “primarily for purposes of harassment.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Rep. Paul Gosar backs Trump’s call for ‘termination’ of Constitution

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) echoed former President Donald Trump’s controversial call for the “termination” of parts of the Constitution.

Denouncing the “unprecedented fraud” he claims ravaged the 2020 election, Gosar, who describes himself as a “constitutional conservative” in his Twitter bio, said in a since-deleted tweet that such an extraordinary situation warrants an “unprecedented cure.”

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“I support and agree with the former President. Unprecedented fraud requires unprecedented cure,” Gosar wrote in the tweet alongside a screenshot of Trump’s Truth Social post.

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Democratic lawmaker John Garamendi (CA) denounced Gosar’s remark, saying in a tweet, “These are unconscionable statements that seek to damage our country.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) used Gosar’s tweet to slam Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who has threatened to remove Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee. McCarthy has indicated Gosar could receive his committee assignments back next year after he was booted from them over a violent animated video he posted online that was directed toward Democrats.

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A member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, Gosar has been a staunch supporter of Trump and his policies. He has also trafficked in unfounded claims that fraud deprived Trump of victory in 2020.

“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution,” the former president wrote Saturday as he floated the notion of an election redo.

Trump drew widespread backlash from Democrats and some Republicans for his “termination” remarks.

The former president later sought to clarify his comments, claiming that he never said the Constitution should be terminated.

“The Fake News is actually trying to convince the American People that I said I wanted to ‘terminate’ the Constitution. This is simply more DISINFORMATION & LIES, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of their other HOAXES & SCAMS,” Trump said in a follow-up post.

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A number of Republicans, such as Sen. Mitt Romney (UT), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), and Senate Minority Whip John Thune (SD), were critical of Trump’s comments.

Trump debuted his 2024 presidential campaign last month, something Gosar appeared to welcome.

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