In December 2022, Donald Trump called for the termination of the United States Constitution, citing his long-debunked Big Lie of a stolen election. In a post on Truth Social, Trump wrote “Do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.”

Following these comments, only a handful of Republican elected officials spoke out against Trump’s comments, with the vast majority remaining silent. In the months since, Trump has continued to spread election misinformation and used increasingly violent rhetoric—going as far as to urge his supporters to “Protest, take our nation back” in the event he is indicted. Despite these actions, Trump has been reinstated on Facebook and Instagram despite his increasingly violent rhetoric. 

While in office, Donald Trump violated his oath to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution by instigating the January 6th insurrection and attack on the Capitol. These comments are a reminder that Trump still poses a dire threat to our democracy, and that constitutional accountability remains necessary. Members of his party also have a responsibility to speak out against his call to terminate the Constitution. CREW has launched a tracker recording how Republican members of Congress and governors have responded. If your senators, representatives or governor haven’t commented, reach out to them and ask and then let us know their response using the form below. 

Of the 336 former and current GOP members of Congress and governors listed in CREW’s tracker, only 36 have commented on Trump’s call to terminate the constitution at all. From these comments, 29 officials have disagreed with Trump’s statement to terminate the constitution and seven officials do not see his remarks as problematic or a threat to our democracy. None of the 20 House committee chairs have commented on Trump’s statements, and of those 20, only Reps. Mike Bost (IL-12), Jim Jordan (OH-4), Mark Green (TN-7), and Roger Williams (TX-25) have expressed support for Trump’s 2024 candidacy. Thus far, 75 GOP members of Congress and governors are either supporting Trump’s 2024 Presidential run or backing whoever becomes the Republican nominee. Only 19 members of the GOP that CREW tracked have firmly spoken against Trump’s 2024 presidential bid, and a third of those members are no longer in office.

CREW’s tracker will be updated regularly —and we need your help. If your elected officials haven’t commented on Trump’s comments, reach out to them using our tool and let us know their response

wdt_ID Name Commented? Repudiated comments? Supporting Trump's candidacy? Text of comment Link
1 Sen. Katie Britt (AL) No Comment No
2 Sen. Tommy Tuberville (AL) No Comment Yes
3 Sen. Richard Shelby (AL)* No Comment If nominated
4 Rep. Jerry Carl (AL-1) No Comment Yes
5 Rep. Barry Moore (AL-2) No Comment Yes
6 Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-3) No Comment Yes
7 Rep. Robert Aderholt (AL-4) No Comment Yes
8 Rep. Dale Strong (AL-5) No Comment Made Yes
9 Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-5)* Yes Yes No "@realDonaldTrump
took oath to defend & protect the Constitution.
Now #DonaldTrump states USA can & should “terminate” Constitution whenever Trump dislikes it.

USA must learn Trump’s oaths have same trustworthiness & veracity as Trump’s marital vows."
10 Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-6) No Comment Made Yes
11 Gov. Kay Ivey (AL) No Comment Made
12 Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) Yes Yes “Suggesting the termination of the Constitution is not only a betrayal of our Oath of Office, it’s an affront to our Republic,” Source
13 Sen. Dan Sullivan (AK) Yes Yes If nominee “As both a United States Senator and a U.S. Marine, I have taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. Like all those who serve and have served in the military, I’ve been willing to fight and die to defend our Constitution and to fulfill this oath. Any suggestion that the Constitution can be discarded is ridiculous.” Source
14 Gov. Mike Dunleavy (AK) No Comment Made Yes
15 Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-1) No Comment Made
16 Rep. Eli Crane (AZ-2) No Comment Made Yes
17 Rep. Andy Biggs (AZ-5) No Comment Made Yes
18 Rep. Juan Ciscomani (AZ-6) No Comment Made
19 Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ-8) No Comment Made
20 Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-9) Yes No Yes "I support and agree with the former President. Unprecedented fraud requires unprecedented cure." Source
21 Gov. Doug Ducey (AZ)* No Comment Made
22 Sen. John Boozman (AR) No Comment Made
23 Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) Yes Yes TBD "I think we have a pretty good Constitution, and I'd rather follow it than terminate any part of it," he said. "I chose not to be a candidate myself so I don't plan to be a pundit or a strategist for President Trump or any of the other candidates." Source
24 Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-1) No Comment Made
25 Rep. French Hill (AR-2) No Comment Made
26 Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3) No Comment Made
27 Bruce Westerman (AR-4) No Comment Made
28 Gov. Asa Hutchinson (AR)* Yes Yes No Elsewhere in his interview, Hutchinson slammed Trump's recent call for a termination of the Constitution so his electoral loss could be overturned, saying, "any leader, former president that says suspend the Constitution is tearing at the fabric of our democracy. And so we want to make sure that the people know that it's Republicans that support the rule of law." Source
29 Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AR) Yes No TBD "she said, in a marked break from her campaign, that she only wanted to talk about Arkansas topics." Source
30 Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-1) No Comment Made
31 Rep. Kevin Kiley (CA-3) Yes No TBD "Kiley, who Trump endorsed for Congress, was also asked about Trump’s suggestion that part of the Constitution be terminated.
“I just got through a campaign that was focused very squarely on the issues we’ve been talking about, so I don’t think my constituents are looking for me to go out and opine about the next presidential election,” said Kiley"
32 Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-5) No Comment Made No
33 Rep. John Duarte (CA-13) No Comment Made
34 Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) No Comment Made TBD
35 Rep. Connie Conway (CA-22)* No Comment Made
36 Rep. David Valadao (CA-22) No Comment Made No
37 Rep. Jay Obernolte (CA-23) No Comment Made
38 Rep. Mike Garcia (CA-27) No Comment Made
39 Rep. Young Kim (CA-40) No Comment Made
40 Rep. Ken Calvert (CA-41) No Comment Made
41 Rep. Michelle Park Steel (CA-45) No Comment Made
42 Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-48) No Comment Made
43 Rep. Lauren Boebert (CO-3) No Comment Made Yes
44 Rep. Ken Buck (CO-4) No Comment Made
45 Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO-5) No Comment Made
46 Sen. Rick Scott (FL) Yes Yes Yes "I believe in the Constitution, and I believe in the rule of law and believe we should enforce it," Florida Sen. Rick Scott, said. "Everybody's gotta be even. Have to abide by it." Source
47 Sen. Mark Rubio (FL) No Comment Made If nominee
48 Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) No Comment Made Yes
49 Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-2) No Comment Made
50 Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-3) No Comment Made
Name Commented? Repudiated comments? Supporting Trump's candidacy? Text of comment Link
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