Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday endorsed former President Donald Trump’s call to terminate the Constitution over false claims the 2020 election was fraudulent in a tweet that he later deleted.
“I support and agree with the former president,” the far-right lawmaker wrote, sharing a screengrab of Trump’s widely condemned Truth Social post. “Unprecedented fraud requires unprecedented cure.”
The tweet was sent from Gosar’s official congressional account. His office did not immediately respond to a request for clarity on why the tweet was deleted.
Over the weekend, Trump attracted bipartisan backlash after he wrote on his social media platform that “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 attempted to take back the remarks on Monday amid growing criticism from Republican allies, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John Cornyn (Texas) and Mike Turner (Ohio). According to Trump, media outlets reporting what he said were spreading “disinformation & lies.”
Gosar was censured and stripped of his House committee assignments last year after he posted a video depicting violence against Democrats. This year, he made headlines after he appeared at a white nationalist conference hosted by Nick Fuentes, the white supremacist organizer who recently had dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago. Nonetheless, House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy has said Gosar would get his committee assignments back if Republicans won control of the House in the midterms, which they did by a narrow margin.
Gosar’s tweet was met with swift condemnation from several Democratic colleagues Wednesday.
Reps. Peter Meijer (Mich.) and Don Beyer (Va.) said it was a clear betrayal of the oath of office taken by members of Congress to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) noted McCarthy intends to restore Gosar’s committee appointments even though he “wants to terminate the Constitution.”