Statement Condemning Trump’s Call for “Termination” of the Constitution

December 5, 2022

Statement by Members of Checks and Balances condemning former President Donald Trump’s call for the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution:

On December 3, 2022, former President Trump explicitly called for the “termination” of the Constitution of the United States. We’ve long criticized him as a threat to our Republic; now he proudly and openly admits it. The January 6 attack demonstrated that “mere words” from a Republican leader could incite direct, violent assaults on our Constitution and the rule of law. Trump has continued to raise the stakes of anti-democratic behavior by openly calling for the dismantling of the foundations of our government and culture—the consequences of which could mean the end of the rule of law, individual freedom, and democracy. 

Neither Trump, nor anyone who supports him, condones him, or in any way hesitates to condemn him for his call to abrogate the Constitution, should play any role in American public life. Republican officeholders and conservative constitutionalists have a special obligation now to affirmatively repudiate the former President’s words.

  • Donald B. Ayer
  • C. Frederick Beckner III
  • John B. Bellinger III
  • Richard Bernstein
  • Travis Brown
  • George T. Conway III
  • John Danforth
  • Mickey Edwards
  • Charles Fried
  • Stuart M. Gerson
  • Jack Giraudo
  • Peter D. Keisler
  • Edward J. Larson
  • Irina D. Manta
  • John M. Mitnick
  • Carter G. Phillips
  • Alan Charles Raul
  • Jonathan C. Rose
  • Paul Rosenzweig
  • Peter Ross
  • ​Nicholas Rostow
  • Robert B. Shanks
  • Chistopher Shays
  • Erin Sheley
  • Stan Twardy, Jr.
  • Lowell Weicker
  • Christine Todd Whitman

Each of us speaks and acts solely in our individual capacities, and our views should not be attributed to any organization with which we may be affiliated.