'From being MAGA to being RINO': Mitt Romney slams Trump for suggesting the Constitution be nixed

'From being MAGA to being RINO': Mitt Romney slams Trump for suggesting the Constitution be nixed
Mitt Romney speaking at the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference, Mark Taylor

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) shared a critical opinion of former President Donald Trump's suggestion to nix the U.S. Constitution.

Trump took to his platform Truth Social on Saturday, December 3, where he slammed the Constitution and suggested that it be redrafted.

“A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution," Trump wrote at the time.

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Romney on Monday offered a blistering assessment in response to Trump's statement.

“Well, the Republican Party is the Constitution party,” Romney said to reporters gathered on Capitol Hill. “So when he calls to suspend the Constitution, he goes from being MAGA to being RINO.”

Romney isn't the only Republican lawmaker to push back against Trump this time. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) also weighed in.

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Cornyn admitted that it was “not a responsible thing to say.” He added, “I don’t know why anybody would say something like that; certainly not an ex-president. I just think it’s irresponsible."

“It’s a fantasy,” Cassidy said. “I consider it kind of a Hail Mary to maintain some hope when everybody knows it’s not the case. We’re the party of the Constitution; it’s not going to happen.”

Cruz also said, “The Constitution is enduring and it will be for millennia to come.”

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A number of other Republican lawmakers also pushed back against Trump's suggestion. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said that the suggestion “is not only a betrayal of our Oath of Office, it’s an affront to our Republic.” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) released a statement saying “anyone who desires to lead our country must commit to protecting the Constitution.”

But despite rebuking Trump's remarks, Rounds still does not feel like the troubling comments should disqualify him from running for president again. “I think what happened on January 6 [2021] is something that he disqualified himself for," Rounds said, "but the American voters are going to have to send that message.”

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