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Trump’s Own Lawyers Think the President’s ‘National Emergency’ Is Unconstitutional — and Impeachable

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Prior to Donald Trump taking office, his lawyers railed against unconstitutional presidential overreach that bypasses Congress — but they appear to have changed their tune with a change in the Oval Office’s occupant.

New York attorney Lloyd Green noted in a column for The Guardian that as recently as 2016, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow filed a Supreme Court brief challenging President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Echoing James Madison, founding father and fourth president, Sekulow thundered that the ‘accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands … may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.’” Green wrote. “He also compared Obama and his executive order to Harry Truman’s unconstitutional seizure of America’s steel mills during the Korean war.”

Sekulow suggested in the brief that Obama had committed an impeachable offense when he compared him to Truman, who, according to the lawyer, “violated controlling precedent and abdicated [his] constitutional duty to faithfully execute the law.”

Noel Francisco, who is now Trump’s solicitor general, also pushed back against Obama during the previous administration, successfully arguing presidents “could not thwart the Senate’s power to approve presidential nominations by resorting to the ‘recess appointment’ process when Congress was actually in session,” the attorney wrote.

“As much as presidents may desire an escape-hatch from Senate confirmation,” Francisco wrote during the Obama administration, “the constitution does not provide one.”

Sekulow and his then-client John Boehner agreed with Francisco — as did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and 44 of his Senate GOP colleagues. As Green noted, the Republican senators accused Obama of trying to “usurp” their authority.

“Trump and his lawyers should expect to see their own words thrown back at them,” Green wrote. “As the president himself acknowledged on Friday: ‘I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.’

 

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Trump Says He’s ‘Very Seriously’ Looking at Changing Constitutionally-Mandated Right to US Citizenship

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President Donald Trump says he is looking “very seriously” at altering a constitutional right to citizenship at birth. The president made his remarks during a press gaggle during which he also called himself “the chosen one” as he looked up at the sky. Those remarks came just hours after he tweeted praise calling him “the second coming of God” and “the King of Israel.”

“We’re looking at birthright citizenship very seriously,” Trump told reporters. Birthright citizenship is mandated by the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Also known as Jus soli, it dates back to English common law.

Basically the law says that any person on U.S. soil at the time of their birth is a U.S. citizen, regardless of their parent’s nationalities.

“We’re looking at that very seriously, birthright citizenship, where you have a baby on our land. You walk over the border, have a baby — congratulations, the baby is now a U.S. citizen,” Trump said, calling it “absurd.”

He told reporters if he were to end it he would do so via executive order.

It’s likely that would be unconstitutional and would absolutely be fought in court.

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside,” the Constitution reads.

Watch the president discuss birthright citizenship:

In addition to likely being unconstitutional, Trump’s attempt to end birthright citizenship would be opposed by many.

Here’s a University of Texas Law professor:

Here’s a conservative, National Review writer David French:

 

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Trump Defends Anti-Semitic Trope by Posting Claim From Birther Saying Jews ‘Love’ Trump Like ‘The King of Israel’

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Wayne Allyn Root Once Bragged About the Size of the President’s Penis

President Trump once again is playing defense after launching an anti-Semitic trope on Tuesday accusing the vast majority of Jews in America of “great disloyalty.” The president did what he always does in these situations: finds anyone who will still support him and post their praise to Twitter.

Trump’s choice this time to “prove” he’s not anti-Semitic, despite delivering a grotesque anti-Semitic trope, is Wayne Allyn Root, who supposedly compared Trump to the “King of Israel,” and the “second coming of God.”

Root is a far right wing conspiracy theorist who once bragged about the size of President Trump’s penis. Root, as The Daily Beast reported last September, claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump’s ties to Russia because he has “penis envy.”

“Mueller’s is smaller than Trump’s,” Root said, according to Right Wing Watch.

Root is also a birther, and claimed that the white supremacist who killed Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was probably an actor paid by George Soros. Soros, a Jewish philanthropist, is the target of much of the far right’s conspiracy theories.

But back to Trump’s Wednesday morning tweets.

Here’s what he claims Root said:

“President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God…But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job.”

Root, by the way, in June of 2016 declared his support for Trump by announcing, “I am a Jew turned evangelical Christian. I am also a passionate supporter of Donald Trump.”

Here’s how Trump’s tweets are being received:

 

 

 

 

 

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In Insane Tweet Trump Baselessly Accuses Democratic Lawmaker of ‘Violence’

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President Donald Trump, in a strangely giddy and unhinged tweet on Tuesday baselessly accused Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of “violence.”

“Sorry, I don’t buy Rep. Tlaib’s tears. I have watched her violence, craziness and, most importantly, WORDS, for far too long,” Trump tweeted. “Now tears? She hates Israel and all Jewish people. She is an anti-Semite. She and her 3 friends are the new face of the Democrat Party. Live with it!”

It’s unclear what the president was referring to when he accused the Michigan Congresswoman of violence, but his other remarks appear to be directed at a press conference she held Monday.

Rep. Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar “appeared at the news conference with Jewish leaders from their districts and called on all members of Congress to visit Israel and the West Bank,” Haaretz reports, noting the President’s Tuesday tweet. “Tlaib said that ‘all Americans should be distrubed’ [sic] by the decision not to let them enter.”

Trump publicly advocated for Israel to block Rep. Tlaib and other Democratic lawmakers from entering the country. Israel complied, although later said Tlaib could visit her elderly grandmother if she obeyed certain restrictions. She rejected the offer.

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