Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon is leading a Republican effort to rewrite the U.S. Constitution, The Guardian reports.
Bannon on his show War Room has promoted a well-funded operation to call a new constitutional convention to rewrite the Constitution.
The goal is to effectively turn the country into a “permanent conservative nation irrespective of the will of the American people,” wrote The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington.” The convention would promote policies that would limit the size and scope of the federal government, set ceilings on or even abolish taxes, free corporations from regulations, and impose restrictions on government action in areas such as abortion, guns and immigration.”
Bannon on his show last month described it as “another line of attack strategically.”
“You now have a political movement that understands we need to go after the administrative state,” he said.
Bannon recently featured Mark Meckler, a Tea Party founder pushing for a new constitutional convention.
“We need to say constitutionally, ‘No, the federal government cannot be involved in education, or healthcare, or energy, or the environment,’” he told Bannon. “The problem is, any time the administration swings back to Democrat – or radical progressive, or Marxist which is what they are – we are going to lose the gains. So you do the structural fix.”
Calling a new constitutional convention would require two-thirds of states to call their own constitutional convention.
“This is something that can happen very quickly. We are a lot further along than people think,” former Sen. Rick Santorum, another advocate, told Bannon.
Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold said that Republicans “want to rewrite the constitution in a fundamental way that is not just conservative, it is minoritarian. It will prevent the will of ‘we the people’ being heard.”
Feingold recently wrote a book warning of the threat.
“Our goal is not to scare people, but to alert them that there is a movement on the far right that is quietly getting itself to a point where it will be almost impossible to stop a convention being called,” he said.