Trump on Checks and Balances: It’s a Very Rough System, it’s an Archaic System
Trump’s first 100 days have been an unprecedented failure.
Trump’s takeaway from this? Our democratic system of government is a terrible thing that must be rolled back. He’s blaming the Founding Fathers.
Donald calls our system of government "archaic" & "bad for our country." Literally blaming the founding fathers for his failed #Trump100days
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 29, 2017
Remember, Donald's failed #Trump100Days is because of you: You marched, you called, you resisted.
Let's keep it up for the next 100.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 29, 2017
Trump is now whining because this job turns out to be harder than The Apprentice and there’s more to it than just signing an executive order and declaring victory. So checks and balances have to go:
“Frustrated Dictator Trump Says ‘Archaic’ Constitution is a Bad Thing for the Country.”
“@POTUS on getting things done in government: “It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system…It’s really a bad thing for the country.”
No wonder he called Erdogan to congratulate him-he’s envious of the Turkish strongman’s success in rolling back democracy.
“Donald Trump doesn’t like the whole concept of government of, by and for the people, the idea that political power derives from the will of the people rather than gods or kings or priests or…dare we say, political strongmen, real and imagined.”
Archaic means “old-fashioned” and “obsolete” and “out of date” and, perhaps wistfully here for would-be dictator Donald Trump, “no longer used.”
“You know, because we have this whole thing about three co-equal branches of government and checks and balances that prevent the president from ruling like a king – or a Putinesque banana republican dictator.”
“It’s inefficient, he says. In other words, he’s frustrated that he can’t do anything he damn well pleases without appeal to all those pesky and inconvenient laws. He can’t try to rule by fiat without somebody saying “un-Constitutional!”
Your party has a monopoly on power. How clueless to be politically impotent with such an advantage. Don't blame America's Constitution. https://t.co/QQeI8E7kl6
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) April 29, 2017
But Trump didn’t know this would be so hard. It’s even harder than Celebrity Apprentice. Who could have seen that coming? What complicates this is separation of powers and coequal powers.
“Of course, Trump doesn’t want any of that, having to work with people and persuade them with intelligible arguments (foot-stomping tantrums don’t count). He wants people to just do what he says because he’s “kind of a smart guy” and he’s the only guy who can fix it. Just ask him. Why does he have to bother with all these lesser beings who just get in the way of his brilliance?”
“If Trump’s tears were just excuse-making it would be bad enough. Sure, he needs to explain why he hasn’t done anything in his first hundred days (cutting back on the golf game might seem an obvious solution) but the real problem here is that Donald Trump honestly thinks his word should be law.”
“Even though it is the word of a guy who hasn’t made the slightest attempt to learn a single thing while he’s been in office and leaves it at every opportunity to play.”
“His executive orders and his reaction to judicial oversight as mandated by the United States Constitution verifies his dictatorial leanings. Judges are unelected, he says. What right do they have to “set policy” – in reality, of course, to question his judgment?”
“Trump is used to ruling like a king in the corporate world. A government isn’t like that, outside a monarchy or a dictatorship. Trump thinks it’s inefficient. What it is is safe. It protects us from people like, well…Donald Trump.”
“The Constitution was set forth to protect us from dictators and kings. And as Trump’s frustrated and whiny rants have shown, it is a protection we very badly need.”
In other news:
Trump invites Duterte to White House, says Philippines is "fighting very hard to rid its country of drugs."
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) April 30, 2017
Duterte admits to killing people even as Mayor.
That joint press conference is gonna be a five-alarm dumpster fire https://t.co/2cKU5FIGww
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) April 30, 2017
Now we hear that Trump is working on Trumpcare 3.0.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 30, 2017
Way to triple down on Trumpcare. https://t.co/jIpJ0vciXL
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 30, 2017
And there’s the irony: Trump may hate separation of powers but they’re helping him with Trumpcare. While he’s not popular he’d be even less so if he actually passed that Trumpster fire.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out a few weeks ago, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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