Arizona Republicans are silent on Donald Trump’s plan to become our king

Former President Donald Trump on a visit to Mesa in October.

Someone needs to check behind the desk in former President Donald Trump’s office in Mar-a-Lago.

I believe Dear Leader has replaced his ergonomically designed executive office chair with… a throne.

In a post on his social network Truth Social, Trump either unknowingly or intentionally misinterpreted an account of Twitter’s moderation decisions during the 2020 campaign and wrote:

“A massive fraud of this kind and magnitude allows for the repeal of every rule, regulation and article, even those found in the Constitution.” Under normal circumstances – which, let’s be honest, haven’t existed for a long time – a der The former President’s proposal to abolish and repeal the US Constitution would be loudly and immediately condemned by everyone on the political spectrum.

Trump is ‘an enemy of the constitution’

I mean, Trump is entering the territory of the old-school banana republic fascist dictatorship here. Territory of Juan Perón. Territory of Anastasio Somoza.

And in the days since the post, Trump’s testimony has been condemned. But with few exceptions only by Democrats.

One of those exceptions, Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, a prominent member of the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot, tweeted:

“Donald Trump believes we should ‘repeal all rules, regulations and articles, even those in the Constitution’ to overturn the 2020 election. That was his view at 1/6 and still is today. No honest person can now deny that Trump is an enemy of the Constitution.”

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The only other Republican on the committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, added, “As the former president calls for overriding the Constitution, not a single conservative can legitimately support him, and not a single supporter can be called a conservative.”

I wouldn’t call the Republicans who represent Arizona in Congress or who lead the Arizona Republican Party conservatives.

2 Reasons Arizona Republicans Are Silent

I would call them cultists. That’s why you haven’t heard any condemning words from the likes of Republican Reps Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, or state GOP Chair Kelli Ward.

And certainly none of the loss of gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who was busy spending time in Mar-a-Lago playing Vanna White to Trump’s Pat Sajak.

Trump has tried unsuccessfully to undo his comments, but without really going back. That’s his way. There are only a few reasons for Republicans to remain silent on the subject of Trump calling for the destruction of the Constitution.

They either agree with him and are comfortable with the idea of ​​installing him as monarch, or they are afraid to publicly say they disagree with him, meaning he already has dictatorial power over them.

Unfortunately for Arizona, that means their loyalty isn’t to the Constitution or their constituents, it’s to Trump.

Reach Montini at [email protected]

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