A poll published earlier this week by ABC News/Washington Post asked respondents about the 2024 election and it found that former President Donald Trump holds a two percent lead over President Joe Biden among registered voters.
A possible Trump comeback has the former president’s enemies worried, and according to Fox News, some are advocating that extreme measures be used to stop him.
Writer calls for Constitution to be revamped
One of them is Politico founding editor John F. Harris, who recently wrote an article called “The Best Way To Save The Constitution From Donald Trump Is To Rewrite It.”
Harris argued that “Trump is properly seen as a constitutional menace, but from a progressive perspective many of the most offensive features of his tenure were not in defiance of the Constitution.”
“In short, Trump may be an enemy of the Constitution but he is also the president who most zealously exploited its defects,” Harris continued.
He then said that in addition to stopping another Trump presidency, the Constitution should be revamped so as to fix “what progressives reasonably perceive as the infirmities of the Constitution.”
“Progress on issues ranging from climate change to ensuring that technology giants act in the public interest will hinge on creating a new constitutional consensus,” Harris stated.
In addition to “altering or abolishing the Electoral College, term limits for the Court, creating some check on abuse of the pardon authority,” the author also advocated for reworking “the infuriatingly murky language of the Second Amendment.”
Harris admits that civil war is a possible outcome
Harris then admits that the Constitution’s current amending formula means that another avenue for changing it would have to be pursued, with one possibility being “decisive conflict” in the form of civil war.
“But there are other ways short of violent rupture to survive those moments, as now, when the Constitution no longer reflects the imperatives of the moment,” he added.
As an example, Harris pointed to how President Franklin Roosevelt had used “artful improvisation” to create “a new consensus” through which the Supreme Court began to uphold New Deal programs that it had previously regarded as unconstitutional.
“Conflict, improvisation, good luck — likely all three will be required for the country to survive the coming constitutional showdown,” he concluded.