The president’s time in office has largely been characterized by his huge abuse of power. Trump even admitted before he was in office that he believes he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants.
On Tuesday, Trump addressed a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, inaccurately telling them that the Constitution gives him “the right to do whatever I want.”
Trump says Constitution gives him power to ‘do whatever I want’ – How bad does it have to get before folks on the fence and in the middle take this personally? – https://t.co/7G8vBGAox3
— Smith Dems (@SmithDems) July 24, 2019
According to The Washington Post:
‘President Trump believes the Constitution gives him a wide breadth of power. That’s the message he delivered ― not for the first time — on Tuesday while addressing a crowd of teenagers and young adults at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington.
‘There are numerous viral video clips from Trump’s 80-minute speech at the conference, but one of the most controversial moments came as he discussed Article II of the Constitution, which describes the powers of the president.’
Trump talked about the cost of the Mueller investigation led by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller. He has repeatedly claimed that the report found “no collusion, no obstruction.”
Trump falsely asserted to the crowd:
‘Then, I have an Article II, where I have to the right to do whatever I want as president. But, I don’t even talk about that.’
Mr. Trump also continued to attack the four Democratic Congresswoman, “the Squad,” whom he told to go back to their original countries. All were born in the U.S. and are American citizens.
‘Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements.’
….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
He also falsely claimed again that Democrats saw so many wins in 2018 because undocumented immigrants “voted many times – not just twice.”
According to The Post:
‘William C. Banks, a professor of law at Syracuse University, told The Washington Post Tuesday that Trump’s comments are an affront to “basic points that every school child learns in civics.” Trump took an oath to support and defend the Constitution when he became president, Banks noted, meaning he can only do what the Constitution permits him to.’
‘It’s certainly not a grant of unlimited power. He’s not a monarch, he’s the chief executive.’
He continued saying that Trump’s suggestion that he is above the law is “deeply concerning.” Banks went on to say:
‘He’s had this propensity since he was elected to favor the strong autocratic leaders in the world, and to imagine himself as one of them. He’s not. He’s president of the United States and he’s bound to uphold the rule of law.‘
Trump is facing various lawsuits in federal court which serves as a reminder that he does not have the power he thinks he has. There have been various delays in the implementation of Mr. Trump’s border wall as well as the totalitarian immigration reform he has tried to install.
Last week, plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union sued the Trump administration in order to thwart a new policy that excludes most asylum seekers who cross through Mexico en route to the United States.
Democrats are also facing mounting pressure to launch impeachment hearings. The majority of House Democrats voted down an impeachment resolution against Trump last week.
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