With President Trump’s unconstitutional campaign promises turning into unconstitutional executive orders, it’s no surprise that he has had some legal trouble since his inauguration.
The amount of lawsuits he has dealt with since January, however, is astounding.
On Friday, The Boston Globe released a report that said Trump has been sued in federal court 134 times since he was sworn into office. The number of lawsuits he’s faced so far is “nearly three times the number of his three predecessors in their early months combined.”
To further illustrate the disproportionate number of lawsuits Trump has faced, the newspaper also stated that, at this point in his first year as president, Barack Obama had been sued 26 times. George W. Bush had been sued seven times approximately four months into his presidency and Bill Clinton had been sued 15 times.
The plaintiffs in the cases vary from green card holders who were blocked from entering the U.S. as a result of Trump’s travel ban to sanctuary cities that sued after the Trump administration threatened to withhold federal funding.
Many of the plaintiffs, like those mentioned previously, have serious concerns that deserve to be addressed in court. However, some, like a woman from Quincy, Massachusetts who has claimed that Trump has caused her a “loss of enjoyment of life,” don’t have quite as much ground to stand on.
In interviews with The Boston Globe, multiple people suggested that the lawsuits are the most effective tool for keeping Trump in line during his presidency. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat who halted the President’s travel ban, explained:
‘In a courtroom, it’s not the loudest voice that prevails. You can’t tweet your way out of the courtroom.’
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin, another Democrat who took on Trump’s second travel ban, echoed Ferguson’s statement, saying that it is especially important for the courts to keep Trump in check with Republicans controlling the executive branch and Congress.
‘You have a Republican executive branch, and Republicans control Congress. Right now it seems like the courts are the only place we can go to uphold the Constitution or the laws of the United States.’
Civil rights attorneys have said that the current political climate has led to a legal situation that they have never seen before.
Ajmel Quereshi, assistant legal counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, said that even the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks — when President Bush’s administration expanded its use of surveillance, torture, and no-fly lists — didn’t yield as many lawsuits.
‘While there was some pushback then, there wasn’t the level of pushback we’re seeing right now, both in terms of the number of courts and people willing to go to the courts and file challenges.’
Quereshi went on to say that he doesn’t “think it’s going to die down.”
Ferguson echoed Quereshi’s statement, saying that the current legal situation is likely going to become “the new normal for attorneys general, regardless of political affiliation.”
‘I don’t see that being dialed back in the future. Is it a change from 10 years ago? You bet. But I don’t think that gets dialed back.’
Read The Boston Globe‘s full report here.
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