Donald Trump

Trump Never Bothered To Hide His Contempt for the Constitution

Trump deserves to be remembered for what his words and actions have shown him to be.

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President Donald Trump has never bothered to hide his contempt for the Constitution. By my count, he has openly trashed the principles and safeguards contained in the First Amendment, Second Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and 14th Amendment, plus the doctrine of enumerated powers and the constitutional separation of powers. To that sorry list we may now add Trump's attacks on the Electors Clause and on the peaceful transfer of constitutional power after a presidential election.

Let's walk through it, starting with the First Amendment.

As a presidential candidate in 2015, Trump argued that the federal government had "absolutely no choice" but to close down mosques in the name of fighting terrorism. The First Amendment, of course, protects religious liberty and stands against such assaults on houses of worship.

The federal government must enact "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States," Trump argued that same year. His own running mate, Mike Pence, described that idea as "offensive and unconstitutional." Trump's reply? The Constitution "doesn't necessarily give us the right to commit suicide as a country, OK?"

The notion that "the Constitution is not a suicide pact" has always been the last refuge of those who are scheming to violate the document. Mr. President, you can't declare war unilaterally! Well, you know, the Constitution is not a suicide pact. Mr. President, you can't ban private gun ownership! Aw, come on, we all know the Constitution is not a suicide pact.

Speaking of the Second Amendment, Trump enjoys the rare distinction of having been benchslapped twice by his own judicial appointees over his administration's cavalier attempts to expand federal gun control. After 2017's mass shooting in Las Vegas, Trump vowed to ban bump stocks, a type of firearm accessory that the shooter reportedly used. "We can do that with an executive order," Trump asserted. "They're working on it right now, the lawyers."

What the lawyers at the Department of Justice concocted for Trump was a new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulation "to clarify that [bump stocks] are 'machineguns' as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968." In other words, at Trump's behest, the federal government would reinterpret the federal ban on machine guns to ban bump stocks too.

Not so fast, said Justice Neil Gorsuch. The executive branch "used to tell everyone that bump stocks don't qualify as 'machineguns.' Now it says the opposite," Gorsuch wrote in a statement respecting the denial of certiorari in Guedes v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (2020). Yet "the law hasn't changed, only an agency's interpretation of it," the justice complained. "How, in all of this, can ordinary citizens be expected to keep up….And why should courts, charged with the independent and neutral interpretation of the laws Congress has enacted, defer to such bureaucratic pirouetting?"

A few weeks later, Judge Brantley Starr, a Trump appointee who sits on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, accused the federal government of abandoning basic constitutional principles in its defense of Trump's bump stock ban. The administration claims that the ban is a lawful exercise of the "federal police power," Starr wrote in Lane v. United States. But "the federal government forgot the Tenth Amendment and the structure of the Constitution itself," which grants no such power to the feds.

The Fifth Amendment has fared little better in Trump's hands. Among other things, that provision says that if the government wants to take private property, it may do so only for a legitimate "public purpose." Trump, by contrast, has tried to personally profit from eminent domain abuse. In 1994, Trump joined forces with New Jersey's Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in an effort to kick an elderly widow named Vera Coking out of her Atlantic City home in order to clear space for a new limousine parking lot for the nearby Trump Plaza hotel and casino.

That attempted land grab lost decisively in court. "What has occurred here is analogous to giving Trump a blank check with respect to future development on the property for casino hotel purposes," declared the Superior Court of New Jersey in a sharp ruling against Trump and his government partners. Coking kept her home.

The 14th Amendment is best known for placing a host of fundamental rights beyond the reach of infringing state and local officials. It also placed birthright citizenship squarely in the constitutional firmament. As I've previously detailed, "the text and history of the 14th Amendment are clear: If a child is born on U.S. soil, and that child's parents don't happen to be diplomats, foreign ministers, or invading foreign troops, then that child is a U.S. citizen by virtue of birth."

Trump's views on birthright citizenship amount to an unconstitutional twofer. First, he has insisted that the text of the 14th Amendment does not mean what it says (Trump's own judicial appointees disagree with him about that). Second, Trump has argued that the president has the unilateral power to abolish birthright citizenship with the stroke of a pen. So much for the doctrine of limited and enumerated executive power.

Which brings us to Trump's behavior during the past two months. Rather than acknowledge the fact that Joe Biden won the presidential election in November, Trump has loudly championed one lawsuit after another in the always-doomed hope that he might somehow remain in the White House.

To put it mildly, the post-election lawsuits promulgated by Trump and his allies were practically laughed out of court. And it was not just "liberal" judges who were doing the laughing. "The Campaign's claims have no merit," ruled Judge Stephanos Bibas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Trump for President v. Pennsylvania. "Calling an election unfair does not make it so," Bibas wrote. "Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here." Trump was the one who appointed Bibas to the 3rd Circuit in 2017.

"We will be INTERVENING in the Texas…case," Trump tweeted on December 9. "This is the big one." Texas v. Pennsylvania was a big one all right, possibly the biggest joke of them all. Bypassing the lower courts, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went straight to the Supreme Court, asking the justices to directly intervene in the presidential election by tossing out the results in four key states—Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin—that went for Biden. It should probably go without saying, but no state had ever succeeded in a stunt even remotely like overturning the results of a presidential election by going straight to SCOTUS to challenge the results in another state.

"The big one" soon suffered the unceremonious legal death that it deserved. "The State of Texas's motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution," the Supreme Court declared in a terse order. "Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot."

His judicial humiliation now complete, Trump turned to one last-ditch crackpot constitutional theory. Namely, he argued that Vice President Mike Pence had the unilateral authority to overturn the election by rejecting pro-Biden electoral votes. "If Mike Pence does the right thing," Trump said. "We win the election."

Pence did do the right thing. "It is my considered judgment," the vice president said, "that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not."

Unfortunately, Trump's undermining of the Constitution did not end there. On Wednesday, a mob of his supporters, who had just listened to Trump peddle yet more conspiracy theories and baseless allegations about a "stolen" election, stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving five dead.

Trump will soon be out of office. He deserves to be remembered for what his words and actions have repeatedly shown him to be: no friend to the Constitution.

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  2. Don’t worry biden/Harris will be great on constitutional grounds. It’s not like Biden voted for mandatory minimums removing the role of judges, and Harris isn’t going around falsifying evidence and confessions and telling other procecuters to do the same

    1. I’m not sure they remember Biden and Harris exist, leading up to the election and after.

      1. Root’s so desperate to show his “I hate Trump” bona fides that he goes back to 22 years before he was elected to find dirt, and lies about the 14th Amendment.
        In fact, careful study of that Amendment, its history and the concurrent discussion show quite clearly that “birthright citizenship” was never intended and that it is in fact a perversion of the Constitution.
        Root is also a “vote fraud denier”. Despite mountains of evidence, including hundreds of affidavits, a statistical analysis that leaves NO DOUBT of vote fraud, vote monitors being excluded from counting centers and even actual video bins being pulled from under tables to stuff the ballot box, Root insist there’s “nothing to see here”.

        Root, you’re nothing but a communist anti-American.

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        2. The 14th is the one that I scanned first, because I knew Root couldn’t help himself. He simply doesn’t understand the concept of jurisdiction as it is used in the Constitution or that there are multiple definitions for such. Obviously a country doesn’t give up citizenship jurisdiction when people travel. They remain citizens of their own country until they are accepted elsewhere and surrender their birth citizenship.

          Additionally, Root obviously doesn’t understand that in 1994, Trump was a private citizen and had no obligation to do a damn thing under the Constitution. What he did or didn’t do [and I don’t take Root’s word for anything] didn’t retroactively become unconstitutional. Root is intentionally acting like a dumbass and based on this one alone, nothing he says should be taken seriously.

          As for the rest, it was either just a foolish statement or it was turned out by SCOTUS, which is their job. Please, show me the president who held a full term who didn’t have at least one Court rule against him. Is there nobody at Reason that gives a damn what is printed under their name anymore?

          Either Root knows better and is trying to gaslight the reader, or his title as senior editor of Reason is an embarrassment.

          That said, I do think that anyone who wants to run for Federal office or is appointed to an office should have to take and pass a US Constitution test. Hell, I had to take one to graduate from HS, so the idea that one must at least know what they are swearing to defend is not a stretch. Gonna guess that about 90% of Congress and most candidates for President wouldn’t come close.

  3. Neither did Obama, Bush, Clinton…

    1. And I wasn’t sad to see any of them leave office. Bye bye, Trump. Welcome Biden, to the Club of Shitty Presidents. I feel safe extending the invitation now, even though he hasn’t earned it yet; hope I didn’t just pull a Noble Peace committee.

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    2. The most we can say is that Trump wasn’t uniquely terrible in this respect, although perhaps a bit more (or differently) open about it.

      1. That’s the thing: Trump was possibly the most transparent President in history, which in some ways makes him the most honest President too, although if you take that to mean truth vs lies, they were just about all as dishonest as they could be. But you knew what Trump wanted and what he would fight for. Obama got a Nobel Peace prize and then started more wars than any recent President. He promised to shut down gitmo, and gave up after a feeble attempt his first day. Trump wanted his border wall, to keep out Muslims, to start a trade war with the world, and he fought hard for all those things. The only thing Obama fought for was ObamaCare, and then it was obvious he didn’t give a shit what that ended up as.

        And yet the main complaint about Trump was him speaking his mind. He is rude, crude, lewd, and loud, and that offends way too many people way too much, when they should have been offended at past Presidents’ blatantly unconsitutional preachings which were spoken so nicely as to be unoffensive.

        1. I’ve never seen anything uniquely bad about any policies and he did many things that are laudible. His problem was what he said (or Tweeted). This is what every hysterical loony relies on in their fevered obsession to bring him down. Just omit what Trump said. What has he actually done that is so bad, or any worse than many Presidents have done in the past few decades?

          1. He is an economic ignoramus, and hates foreigners and trade with foreigners. Whether or not you think foreigners, and dealings with foreigners, should be hated, his economics knowledge is all wrong, backwards at best, and his trade and economics policies are counter-productive. Hating foreigners so much that he hurts Americans is wrong and stupid.

            1. He made billions of dollars, more honestly than any politician did, and all over the world.
              You don’t know what you are talking about. Your TDS has blinded you.

          2. And that probably explains why I think he’s the best president since Thomas Jefferson. (No, don’t even SAY Abraham Lincoln. That POS was a poser and a power-hungry POS.)
            I too was a bit shocked by his language at first – not because it was wrong, but because it wasn’t the soothing poison that drips from the lips of most politicians. But then, I realized he was just rattling the Democrat’s cage and I let the rest of it just pass me by.

            Mostly, it’s not so much what he said as what he was accused of saying. Go back and read the transcript regarding the “good people on both sides” debacle. Trump was 100% right and said nothing wrong. But it doesn’t matter because the left-wing media created a fake narrative to attack him. The “Russia Collusion” HOAX was a Democrat paid-for attempt to undermine Trump. Personally, I think a number of people involved were too bad to shoot and instead should have been boiled in oil. But again, Trump was tarred with lies by the Left.
            The impeachment phone call was 100% proper. And all the leftists who lied about it in public, under oath, were forced to admit, Trump did nothing wrong. (And the Democrats did their best to HIDE that!)
            But what made him a great president is what he DID. Trade deals. Pushing back on China. Talking with N. Korea. Pulling Iran’s teeth. Wiping out ISIS. Best economy since… pretty much forever. Border security. Taking criminal invasion SERIOUSLY. Taking the threat of terrorism SERIOUSLY. Making NATO members pay their agreed dues. Cutting taxes. Gutting the Obozocare individual mandate. Cutting regulations. Standing up for American RIGHTS. Some presidents did some of that. Only Trump did it all.

            Unfortunately, the average American is too stupid to know when someone is DOING the right thing is they don’t like how the media tells them that person SOUNDS.

            1. You’re fucking delusional.

              1. No. BambiB is correct, and buttplug is a buttplug.

              2. And you molest children and show off your rape videos here. So of course you’re a democrat.

              3. LOL! Again, you provide clarity of thought in presenting arguments. Throw a rock, move on.

    3. Neither did Obama, Bush, Clinton…
      Especially 0blama, who called it a “charter of negative liberties”.

  4. Yes that’s the Trump, no more expectation from him as he shows here

  5. In the Pravda world, the President that abided by court rulings, no matter how plainly ridiculous they were, was contemptuous of the constitution, but the Presidents that refused to abide by court rulings weren’t.

    This is exactly why Trump will be the last law-abiding president we’ll ever have. The next non-leftist to take power (if such a thing will be allowed) will respect the constitution exactly as much as Obama did (but still probably more than Harris will).

    1. Tell me how a war on Inspectors General or a complete disregard for the emoluments clause or sicking your mob on the congress shows respect for the constitution.

      1. “couple times a month”

      2. “the emoluments clause”

        LOL

        1. When a lefty has nothing worthwhile to say, they can still make noises like, “the emoluments clause”.

      3. sicking your mob on the congress shows respect for the constitution.

        Some reading to help you correct your misunderstanding.

        Did Trump Commit a Crime When He Riled Up His Supporters Before They Rioted?
        Under federal law, incitement to riot does not include “advocacy of ideas” or “expression of belief” unless it endorses violence, which Trump did not do.
        JACOB SULLUM | 1.8.2021 2:10 PM

        https://reason.com/2021/01/08/did-trump-commit-a-crime-when-he-riled-up-his-supporters-before-they-rioted/

        1. They don’t have to prove a crime. It is not a court of law. Not that it matters. It is just a show now. They are not going to impeach him this late in the game.


          1. Echospinner
            January.8.2021 at 2:41 pm
            They don’t have to prove a crime. It is not a court of law”

            “Tell me how a war on Inspectors General or a
            complete disregard for the emoluments clause or sicking your mob on the congress shows respect for the constitution”

            Read what youre replying to fuckwit.

          2. Great. Maybe if Root had said the same about Pelosi when her office was invaded and people were arrested, then he’d have some credibility

            “Pelosi said she welcomed the protest and called on the police “to allow them to continue to organize and participate in our democracy.”

            https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/13/ocasio-cortez-climate-protestors-push-pelosi-962915

            But apparently some invaders are more equal than others.

            Or maybe Root should have taken issue with all the politicians who supported the invasions and disruptions during the Kavanaugh hearings.

            None of this makes any of them right, but all of it indicates that Root has no room to talk.

        2. Ah yes, pretend like we are talking about a strictly criminal case against some other private individual who isn’t the president. That is the only possible way you have anything to debate.

          I don’t accept your framing, though. It is not reflective of reality.

          1. We get it Sullum made you look like a memory and you’re mad abd doing damage control.

            I wouldn’t sweat it. Everyone knows you’re a liar anyway.

          2. Ah yes, pretend like we are talking about a strictly criminal case

            It’s the only thing that matters. And adhering to it IS respecting it, I mean what does your mope ass want, genuflection? It’s a bunch of laws dumbass.

            1. So the bare minimum to avoid criminal prosecution is all it take to be respectful of the constitution by your standard?

              You must love this one politician then. Goes by the name Hillary Clinton.

        3. It was kind of like the Boston Tea Party.
          Then, a group of about 60 Americans boarded ships dressed as Mohawks and threw the modern day equivalent of $1+ million worth of tea into the bay.
          And who was the architect of the effort?

          The “Boston Tea Party,” of which Samuel Adams was the prime mover, was a long step toward the American Revolution. Samuel Adams was at this time, almost or quite alone in his desire for Independence, and he has well been called the “Father of the Revolution.” But, his influence for the good of America continued far beyond the time of the “Boston Tea Party.” Up to the last, his patriotism was earnest and sincere. — https://www.legendsofamerica.com/ah-samueladams/2/

          What did Adams have to say after the fact?

          Whether or not Samuel Adams helped plan the Boston Tea Party is disputed, but he immediately worked to publicize and defend it.[73] He argued that the Tea Party was not the act of a lawless mob, but was instead a principled protest and the only remaining option the people had to defend their constitutional rights. — Wikipedia

          I consider the demonstration at the Capitol a warning to the legislature. “BACK OFF!”. Next time the demonstrators may not be so well mannered, nor so restrained in their use of arms.

          “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not
          warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of
          resistance. Let them take arms.”

          — Thomas Jefferson

      4. Aren’t you the guy warning people to watch their mouths lest the government SWATS them to death?

      5. It is constitutionally neutral. It was a protest. They were never going to stop congress doing anything.

      6. “sicking your mob on the congress”

        The Republic is dead, what congress? That was nothing but desecration of a corpse. While the death itself was caused by YOU sick fucks.

    2. We don’t have elections anymore. Why would they need to abide by it?

  6. Name a politician who isn’t openly contemptuous of the constitution.

    1. Ron Paul?

      1. So we have it, then.

        RON PAUL 2024!!!

      2. That can’t be right. He’s an icky Republican. Certainly you meant Cuomo or Pelosi.

        1. You guys don’t know me, at all, despite my openness.

          You see that I am not in the cult, and so you decide that I must be one of those strawmen you love to read about in the rest of your propaganda diet.

          1. “You guys don’t know me, at all, despite my openness”

            We know you lie a lot. Like when you said “a couple times a month”

            Don’t need to know why you lie and don’t really care.

            1. The way you guys rush in to prove me right is so consistent that it is unsettling.

              1. No one needs to prove you right. You’ve already convinced yourself that you are infallible.

                1. Actually I regularly admit mistakes on here. You can tell when I’ve done so, because about half a dozen people or handles of people will follow me around for a week reminding me.

                  1. Citation needed

                2. Oh, I just realized you are one of them.

                  Back to my original point about you all seeking to prove me right so frequently.

              2. Sure sign of a retard…thinking he’s right about everything. Oh the arrogance of the retarded liberal mind!

          2. Well good for you Opresso; Ron Paul is awesome…

      3. Yeah, there are a few out there.

    2. Lots of people want a powerful government that will control everything we do and do everything for us, and politicians want to deliver. The only problem is that pesky document.

      So why shouldn’t the be openly contemptuous of the constitution? It’s good politics.

      1. Indeed. I don’t expect it to change either.

        1. Sure hope it does; after the consequences of delusional [WE] mob ‘democracy’ surfaces far enough to trump the stupid. Otherwise we’ll end up being an Iraq with endless wars and poverty compulsively fighting over POWER that creates absolutely nothing but destruction.

  7. So it begins…..

    Analysis: TV providers should not escape scrutiny for distributing disinformation
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/analysis-tv-providers-should-not-escape-scrutiny-for-distributing-disinformation/ar-BB1czyy1

    “Fox and Newsmax, both delivered to my home by your company, are complicit,” NJ state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty texted a Comcast executive on Thursday. “What are you going to do???”

    “You feed this garbage, lies and all,” Moriarty added to the executive, according to a screen grab of the texts he provided me. Moriarty was referring to the fact that Comcast’s cable brand, Xfinity, provides a platform to right-wing cable networks that have for weeks been disseminating disinformation about the November election results to audiences of millions.

    Moriarty has a point. We regularly discuss what the Big Tech companies have done to poison the public conversation by providing large platforms to bad-faith actors who lie, mislead, and promote conspiracy theories. But what about TV companies that provide platforms to networks such as Newsmax, One America News — and, yes, Fox News?

    Somehow, these companies have escaped scrutiny and entirely dodged this conversation. That should not be the case anymore.

    1. Dear Mr. Moriarty: Don’t watch it if you don’t like it. And do you really want Comcast to be the ultimate arbiter of truth?

      1. Is it not obvious that “truth” has nothing to do with what he’s trying to accomplish? The left is going to move ahead full force with establishing a ministry of truth. Let the thought crime prosecutions begin!

        1. I think it’s pretty apparent. But that’s the response people like that should get.

    2. And yeah, no one ever scrutinizes or challenges Newsmax or Fox.

  8. You guys never bothered to hide your love of shoe polish.

  9. Anyone else think it would be halarious if trump addressed the people at capitol Hill “tk quote a great president we need to get out and argue with people, we need to punish our enemies

    1. “I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,”
      — The Lightbringer (Obama)

      1. “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere. We’ve got to get the children connected to their parents,”
        — Maxine Waters

        1. She never did return James Brown’s wig.

      2. God, he was such a condescending prick. Yeah, buddy, all the rubes who don’t support you just need to have things explained to them better and they’ll totally get on board.

        1. “We’re so goddamn pissed he said we cling to guns and religion!”

          *Immediately buys more guns to cling to*

          1. Well, you missed the point pretty good there.

            And, yeah, it’s pretty insulting and condescending when someone refers to your interests, hobbies and deeply held beliefs like that. Do you go around saying that people “cling” to any possessions that they would not like to have taken from them by force?

            1. Do you expect me to give a single quantum shit about some mildly condescending anthropological generalization by Barack Obama when his successor governed almost exclusively by mean tweeting and declaring whole states full of people enemies who deserved to get infected by a virus for the crime of not voting for him?

              1. There it is! The root cause of Tony’s dark heart and hatred: “mean tweets.”

            2. “…it’s pretty insulting and condescending when someone refers to your interests, hobbies and deeply held beliefs like that.”

              Sad how many people just don’t even see that. That is came from an ostensibly religious man, and an ostensible member of a racial minority – someone who supposedly should know a thing or two about being on the wrong end of condescension – it is not merely remarkable, but deeply revealing.

              For all his blowhard-ness and purported rudeness Trump never really punched down in that manner.

          2. Hey fag, we don’t cling to our guns. They’re typically secured in gun safes, or holstered on our person.

  10. Oh Damon just wait for the next administration as they join hands with their party in Congress sing Kumbaya and shred the rest of the bill of rights. Buckle UP!

  11. Must be a slow news day if you’re counting down the ways Trump was just as shitty as all the other politicians we’ve ever had. Remember when Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts that Congress passed? That was only the the fifth Congress and the second President we’d ever had and they were already out there shitting on the Constitution. And things haven’t gotten any better since then.

  12. I guess it’ll be good to go back to having President’s who are discreet about their contempt for the Constitution.

  13. “Trump Never Bothered To Hide His Contempt for the Constitution”

    Add another to the list of “things we wouldn’t be saying about Trump if they were true”

    Like, “finally we legally and easily voted out that dictator!!!”

    1. Such a dictator, that once all legal and procedural challenges were exhausted he conceded. The insane monster!

      If a democrat did exactly the same things the left would hail them as brave and tough. This part of why is why there shouldn’t be no more democrats

  14. Trump has demonstrated far more support for the US Constitution than any Democrats in Congress, Democrat Governors and Democrats who control cities and counties.

    More TDS from unReason.

  15. I’m willing to bet you never said anything like this about Democrats, despite the constant undermining of Constitutional norms and the promote that the Constitution is merely a piece of paper which is subject to severe reinterpretation depending on your desire political goals.

  16. OK, Trump is done. Time to move on to the next shitty, lying, constitution-ignoring administration.

  17. This site has become worse than CNN. Infiltrated by liberals and Trump haters. Well, we will see how much you fall in love with Joey and Kammy. Communism works (well it really doesn’t) on all citizens regardless of their party affiliations.

  18. I assume Sullum is going to have a fucking field day after January 20th, given the incredible number of ways the constitution will be ignored by His Fraudulency and the Harpy.

  19. Trump will soon be out of office. He deserves to be remembered for what his words and actions have repeatedly shown him to be: no friend to the Constitution.

    The last POTUS I can think of that was a true friend to the Constitution was Grover Cleveland. Who the fuck is Root kidding?

    1. Trump IS the next Grover Cleveland.

  20. “Trump Never Bothered To Hide His Contempt for the Constitution”

    Thank goodness Joe Biden and the progressives are now in charge so that they can stack the Supreme court with justices who treat the Constitution with respect.

    Is that what we’re supposed to think?!

    1. You’re supposed to think “Well fuck, guess we shouldn’t have elected the world’s most obviously incompetent psychopath as president if we intended to keep political power longer than four years.”

      That would have been the smart thing.

      That motherfucker did more to destroy the Republican party and call into question its ethos than a million Elizabeth Warrens. I guess I should thank him.

      1. Tony, I called POTUS Trump to let him know you were going to thank him.

        He said, “Fuck Tony”

        1. Tony is now aroused. Being cornholed by Trump is his secret fantasy.

      2. As if anyone believes you have the skills to declare anyone incompetent or psychopathic, but keep trying. It’s funny to watch.

      3. But then you went and elected a man who is so psychopathic that even though it’s clear his mind is going, he still put himself above the rest of the country.

        1. Is this man’s name Donald Trump? No? Oh good then he’s not Donald Trump I guess.

      4. Yes the hottest economy in a decade, record low unemployment and record high stock market ARE signs of incompetence. I’m sure the senile old fool who can’t put two sentences together will do much better.

        1. If you just ignore the 350,000 dead from an ongoing pandemic he ignored and the fact that he’s trying to overthrow the government with Nazis.

          Other than that look at your 401K!

          1. Not only did he deliver multiple vaccines in record time, HE EVEN CURED THE COMMON FLU!!!!! Just look at the CDC report: 98% drop in cases YTD since last year.

      5. Tony got offended by mean tweets. His brain stopped working after that point.

        1. I thought he was crushed that POTUS Trump said, “Fuck Tony”

      6. He strengthened the Republican party by pushing out all the feckless retards. Remember Jeb and his “low energy campaign”? No, of course nobody does.

  21. For many Pennsylvanians, the only benefit of a Biden presidency is that he’ll almost certainly replace James Buchanan as the worst President in US history.

    As the only president from Pennsylvania, Buchanan’s incompetence resulted in the Civil War.

  22. Trump Never Bothered To Hide His Contempt for the Constitution

    Neither did Obama, Biden, Harris, or RBG. Neither does half the Democratic party.

    For that matter, Reason authors haven’t hidden their contempt for the Constitution either.

  23. Trump is a man of great libido. He never met a clause in the Constitution he didn’t want to fuck.

    1. So he’s…..every politician that’s ever drawn breath? I don’t get your point. If you tell a politician they’re not allowed to do something, what they actually hear is “I dare you not to use your power to…..”

    2. I don’t fully agree but I did laugh out loud. Bravo!

  24. On the topic of contempt for the Constitution, remember that while Democrats spend the next few years eviscerating the First, Second, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. And, I expect an eventual rollout of some version of the Chinese Social Credit System. It will start with “do you have a Covid-19(84) vaccine” and move on to “have you ever supported Trump”, and “have you ever purchased anything we disapprove of”. It will rapidly devolve from there.

    1. You could have prevented that by not falling for the most terrible human being on earth. There were like 17 others to choose from in 2016.

      1. My original preference was Cruz, but he didn’t make the cut. Ultimately the choices were Trump or Clinton. Of those two Trump was a saint by comparison.

        1. Weren’t you stupid to think so.

      2. Tony @5:42
        I guess I should thank him [Trump].

        Tony @6:34
        You could have prevented that [electing Trump]

        Changing directions that quickly usually isn’t the sign of a healthy mind….

      3. No, after your candidate cheated, she was the only one you had left.

      4. Says the guy who thinks Biden, who spent 50 years championing everything you hate about government, is somehow going to fix your problems.

        1. No I don’t. But he does get a lot of credit for not being Donald Trump.

          1. Sounds like a pretty retarded thing to give him credit for.

          2. Well, you ARE a total idiot.

      5. Biden didn’t run in 2016.

      6. “the most terrible human being on earth.”

        Yeah! He’s LITERALLY HITLER because…you know…mean tweets.

      7. “Look what you made us do!”

  25. The Constitution is an excuse to oppress.
    Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.

    1. Right on!

    2. If you hate it so much MOVE!!!!

    3. Yeah technically you’re right but there’s a reason we don’t blow up terrorists with pieces of paper.

  26. Which of his “Originalist” Supreme Court appointments shows his “contempt” for the Constitution?

    1. Mean tweets. That’s all this is about.

  27. Anyone not blinded with partisan bias see’s as clear as day that President Trump was the MOST Constitutional president we’ve had in this century… He didn’t thwart State powers during the pandemic, he pushed for school choice, he De-Regulated UN-Constitional Agencies, he pushed congress to act on his wishes instead of throwing out E.O. like D.A.C.A…. I could go on and on and on…… But admitting reality isn’t a characteristic of lefty-hacks that live in worlds of name-calling, demonizing and cancelling with witch-hunting methods any PERSON (ideology doesn’t even seem to matter) they believe isn’t part of their [WE] mob.

    1. Root, how is Trump any different here than Biden, Obama, Bush, Clinton, etc?

      Are you going to write this after every administration?

      1. How is Trump any different? He’s the Complete OPPOSITE of everyone you named who pushed for MORE government power/regulation/dictation plans.

    2. Eh he was ok as Presidents go. Definitely terrible at picking the people to help him.

      1. Lefties scared most bureaucrats to death in an effort to prevent them from working with trump. Lessens the worker pool.

        Trump did great given the limitations he had to work with. Trump obviously did well simce lefties want to impeach trump a second time to prevent him from staging a comeback once the true election fraud is accepted by the sheeple non-trump voters.

  28. You left out all his anti-free press rhetoric in contradiction to the 1st Amendment, wishing he could arrest and sue people that reported the truth about him.

    1. What a bunch of Horsesh*t… Obama arrested people for free speech. Trump was just tired of being censored; Did you not hear he’s been completely banned from Facebook and Twitter — The U.S. President has been kicked off of the largest outlets of social media!

      If that doesn’t disturb you – you’re a hypocrite to massive extents.

      1. Hypocrite is better than terror apologist.

        1. What terror? They weren’t even armed with anything, dipshit. Stop making shit up.

        2. Yeah fag. A few dozen unarmed people wandering around a federal building was a huge act of terror. They were on the verge of a national takeover.

          You really are a delusional, retarded thrall to the democrats. But I suppose that makes sense to an idiot like you when most of your sense of personhood is based around getting rectum plowed by other men. You need some pathetic authoritarian collective to belong to so your psyche doesn’t just completely implode and you off yourself.

          That’s the real core of your party.

    2. That’s Obama.

  29. What about voter fraud by the left? Using the national security apparatus to violate the Constitutional rights of Trump himself as incoming President. Unconstitutional lockdowns and probable forced vaccinations.

    I can only imagine what Constitutional horrors await us. But no, let’s ignore all that because orange man bad.

  30. Who would have thought MEAN TWEETS would be the most UNCONSTITUTIONAL thing a president can do?

  31. It is well known that Trump is a pragmatist.

    But while this article is mostly accurate, it misses the obvious point that Trump as president has been way better for the libertarian movement than Hillary would have been and certainly way better than the gov just installed.

    1. Better for who? The public or the authors here?

  32. Trump is the best president in us history.

    Democrats hating trump so bad shows how good trump is. Democrats are evil anti American traitors who want America to be destroyed. They hate trump. Trump must doing something right.

  33. Rhetoric doesn’t mean you are violating the constitution. Trump doesn’t know constitutional law. He’s a business man. He hires people to keep him straight (i.e. Pence). People who understand that are little more comfortable with the real reason he’s there – to throw a monkey wrench into the corrupt Washington works.

  34. When do the First Amendment rights no longer apply? If a religious group is nothing but a sham made solely for the people who seek to limit the rights of others or advocate violence towards the USA or to replace the constitutional republic with religious laws, then what?

  35. The first lie in this article is that President Trump implied the government would have to shut down mosques. Taking his words out of context and twisting them to fit your narrative is dishonest. What he said was some mosques referring to those radicalizing and plotting terrorist attacks. Just as he did not say all muslims should be banned from the US but the ones from countries were terrorist are prevalent and there are no way to vet them.
    Before the 1960’s the US had quotas for immigrants and did not allow many that would not assimilate and become Americans. There are millions of Christians from the middle east that have came over the years and no one considers them different anymore then Europeans.

  36. Oh please, Trump’s contempt for the constitution, due process and the press exceeds Obama’s by a light year
    That being said, the way the liberals are cheering about the destruction of Parler is just as bad

  37. Biden Says He Will ‘Defeat the NRA’ While in Office
    BY ZACHARY STIEBER
    January 10, 2021 Updated: January 10, 2021

    First 1a, now 2a….

    1. The Democrats are in the process of setting up a one party dictatorship, and Reason is cheering them on,

      1. This time they have the full support of media mainstream and social propaganda.

        Not enough people recognize it.

      2. Propaganda with censorship effectively brainwashes entire populations for generations.

        A lot of coercion can be done until people FIGHT to end the censorship.

  38. Trump professed admiration for foreign authoritarian and totalitarian strongmen such as Bolsinaro, Orban, Duterte, and even Putin and Xi. Nothing any of these thug leaders do would pass muster with the U.S. Constitution and The BIll of Rights.

  39. Reason has developed a sudden, strong preference for the “magic sky cloth” over basic liberty.

  40. This article focus on freedom & liberty theory vs. practical considerations, which strangely causes a violation of both. He points out Trump’s violation of the 14th Amendment and how that applies to open borders. In a theoretical world based on pure libertarian principles you could have open borders if you wanted and free movement of people.

    In our present society we have a giant welfare state and a government that violates our rights regularly when one party or another achieves political power.

    So, if you stick the theory someone can come across our border and have a baby and then be able to stay, collect welfare, get free education, healthcare, and bring multiple family members across now your 14th Amendment theory has created a positive rights situation on all the people who have to provide all that excess wealth and services to support this baby and their family because of your theoretical open borders policy.

    You can’t pick and choose which freedom elements to apply. Either it is all of them or none of them. All of them means the 14th means what Mr. Root says and hence there is also no welfare or it doesn’t apply and we enforce our border. You can’t have it both ways.

    If you try and have it both ways you create a warped situation where we apply freedom principles in some situations, but socialist or rights violating principles at the same time due to the way our government and society currently work.

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