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SALT LAKE CITY — The Deseret News reached out Monday to members of Utah's all-Republican congressional delegation about former President Donald Trump suggesting the "termination" of the Constitution to overturn the 2020 election.
Here's what they're saying:
Sen. Mitt Romney
Sen. Mitt Romney told reporters at the Capitol on Monday: "The Republican Party has long been the party of the Constitution. So when President Trump says he wants to suspend the Constitution, he goes from being MAGA to being a RINO."
NEW: Sen. Mitt Romney calls the GOP the "party of the constitution" and says when Trump calls for "terminating" parts of it he goes "from being MAGA to being a RINO". pic.twitter.com/H9qSfwU9Xu— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) December 5, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee
Sen. Mike Lee's office pointed to a tweet on the senator's personal account: "The Constitution isn't needed only on good days; it's even more important in times of crisis."
The Constitution isn't needed only on good days; it's even more important in times of crisis.— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) December 3, 2022
Rep. Chris Stewart
Rep. Chris Stewart sent a brief statement: "No individual — president or otherwise — has authority over the Constitution."
On Saturday, Trump again demanded that the 2020 election be overturned or rerun on the heels of a report Friday night about Twitter employees' internal deliberations over the company's decision in 2020 to block links to a New York Post article that described emails found on a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, according to The New York Times.
Trump has falsely claimed for the past two years that the 2020 election was stolen.
"Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?" he wrote in a post on Saturday on his social network, 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. Our great 'Founders' did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!"
Rep. Blake Moore
Rep. Blake Moore said in a statement: "I do not support the former president's statement on his grievances with the 2020 election, particularly his comment suggesting the Constitution should be terminated. That is preposterous. I have been consistent on my perspective on the 2020 election."
Moore added that he remains focused on the future and what he can control as the current Congress comes to a close.
Rep. Burgess Owens
Rep. Burgess Owens said in a statement: "Our Founding Fathers established the three most powerful words in the history of mankind, and We the People must always fight to preserve our Constitution and the freedoms it affords."
On Monday, Trump blamed the "fake news" for mischaracterizing his statement.
"The Fake News is 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. What I said was when there is 'MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION,' as has been irrefutably proven in the 2020 Presidential Election, steps must be immediately taken to RIGHT THE WRONG. Only FOOLS would disagree with that and accept STOLEN ELECTIONS. MAGA!" Trump posted on Truth Social.
Earlier Monday, Romney's office didn't respond to a request for comment on Trump's statement about the Constitution but referred to what the senator said last week about the former president having dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes.
"There is no bottom to the degree to which he's willing to degrade himself, and the country for that matter," Romney said last week.
"I voted to remove him from office twice … I don't think he should be president of the United States. I don't think he should be the nominee of our party in 2024. And I certainly don't want him hanging over our party like a gargoyle."
"It's a character issue," Romney added.