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Sens. Rounds, Thune, Rep. Johnson criticize former President Trump's calls for 'termination' of Constitution

In a post on Truth Social on Saturday, Dec. 3, former President Donald Trump called for "termination" of the United States Constitution due to allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In separate statements, Sen. Mike Rounds, Sen. John Thune and Rep. Dusty Johnson criticized this rhetoric.

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U.S. Senator Mike Rounds speaks at Mitchell Rotary on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Mitchell.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In response to a recent rant from former President Donald Trump that called for the “termination” of the United States Constitution in response to the supposed “massive fraud” during the 2020 election, the three members of South Dakota’s congressional delegation made separate statements condemning Trump’s rhetoric.

Writing in a post on Truth Social, the former president said that last week’s revelations of contact between the Joe Biden campaign and Twitter staff during the 2020 campaign warrant “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!” Trump continued in his post early Saturday morning.

In a press release on the afternoon of Dec. 5, Sen. Mike Rounds expressed his opposition to the comments, and reiterated his stance that there was “no evidence of widespread voter fraud that would alter the results of the 2020 election.”

“As elected officials, we take an oath to support and defend the Constitution. We should never dishonor that oath. No one is above the Constitution,” Rounds continued in the release. “Anyone who desires to lead our country must commit to protecting the Constitution. They should not threaten to terminate it.”

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In a speech from his home at Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 15, Trump announced he would run for president in 2024.

In a statement to Forum News Service, Rep. Dusty Johnson mirrored the comments of Rounds.

“I will always uphold our Constitution,” Johnson said in a statement, referencing his oath of office. “Calls to ‘terminate’ it are beyond the pale.”

Sen. John Thune, the Republican’s second-in-command in the Senate, answered several questions about the former president’s comments in the halls of Congress on Monday.

According to Politico, Thune said, “of course I disagree with that” when asked about Trump’s comments.

“It’s just one of those intuitively obvious things, whether a candidate for office has sort of a bedrock principle, ‘are you going to support the Constitution?’” Thune continued.

A spokesperson for Thune did not provide Forum News Service with a full statement in time for print.

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“This is sensationalism at its finest, and it does not deserve to be heard in our state capitol,” Rep. Erin Healy, a Democrat and one of 10 votes against the bill in the 70-person chamber, said.

Jason Harward is a Report for America corps reporter who writes about state politics in South Dakota. Contact him at 605-301-0496 or jharward@forumcomm.com.

Jason Harward covers South Dakota news for Forum News Service. Email him at jharward@forumcomm.com.
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