The Biden White House has rebuked Donald Trump after the former president said the US constitution should be “terminated” over his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. Andrew Bates, a White House spokesperson, said on Saturday: “Attacking the constitution and all it stands for is anathema to the soul of our nation and should be universally condemned.”
Bates called the constitution a “sacrosanct document”, saying: “You cannot only love America when you win.”
Trump lost to Joe Biden in 2020, by more than 7m votes and by 306-232 in the electoral college, a result he called a landslide when it was in his favour in 2016, against Hillary Clinton.
Trump continues to assert that Biden won key states through electoral fraud, a lie that fuelled the deadly attack on the US Capitol by his supporters on 6 January 2021. Nine deaths have been linked to the riot, including suicides among law enforcement officers. More than 950 people have been charged.
This week, two members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia were convicted of seditious conspiracy. Other members of far-right, pro-Trump groups face similar charges.