Trump Wants To Violate The Constitution, Thinks He Can Overrule The Supreme Court

Is the flop sweat on his forehead betraying him?


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You know, there are plenty of things about the Trump administration that need changing. Some of them are like changing a mind about something, and some are like changing a diaper. But if you rapid-fired that question to me one day, I’d be tempted to tell you the thing I’d like to happen first: I’d like it if the moron in the Oval Office knew even just the basics about American civics, the legal system, and the Constitution.

Like, this whole “citizenship question” business. The man is clearly obsessed with “merit” and place of birth and good genes and white supremacy just in general. But he has to know that he can’t just change things about the Constitutionally-mandated census without the aid of Congress or at least a damn good lawyer to accompany him back to the Supreme Court — where they’ve already told him his reasons for including the question were not legally sound.

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In fact, today Trump undermined his own case even further by publicly admitting that he wanted the question included in order to shape how congressional districts are created. I hate to say this, Donnie, but that’s gerrymandering, and that blatant a case of it isn’t just unconstitutional, but against pretty much all state laws as well.

But as he was taking questions today on the White House lawn, one reporter asked him the million-dollar one: Would he use an “executive order” to mandate the citizenship question’s inclusion?

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I suppose the journalist could have mentioned it was a trick question — he can’t just use a unitary order to overrule SCOTUS, or every President would have done that any time they didn’t get a decision the way they wanted in the Supreme Court. Executive orders are not laws.

He told the reporter, however, that an EO was on the table, and that just leads me back to my original point: Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a President who understood how the government functions?

Watch the exchange with the reporter here:

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Calum Stuart