I remember from high school history class and the man that would be named “Dictator For Life”…Julius Caesar….and that did not end well for him.
What made me think about this was the latest Presser from Donald the Orange when he stated that his power was absolute…..
President Trump used his briefing on the pandemic Monday to angrily defend his administration’s response, rip critics and the news media, and argue the presidency includes the power to decide when states can reopen for business. Governors immediately disagreed, the AP reports, saying public safety falls under their duties constitutionally. “When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total,” Trump said. “The governors know that.” Trump declined to say where that authority is articulated; he’d disagreed with governors on that point earlier in the day. Legal experts said the Constitution does not agree with Trump’s view, and the president said he’d release reports documenting his position, per CNN.
Before discussing the day’s pandemic news, Trump presented his defense, which included a campaign-like, 3-minute video of cable news clips in support of his arguments. He said the video was produced by aides in the White House, per the Hill. “So our tax dollars and the presidential mansion we own are now being used to broadcast campaign ads?” tweeted a former chief of the Office of Government Ethics. The video opened with type against a white background saying, “The media minimized the risk from the start,” per the Daily Beast. When it ended, Trump pointed to reporters and said, “I’ll ask you some questions because you’re so guilty.” His defense of his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak was sweeping. “Everything we did was right,” Trump said, per the New York Times.
Trump has never impressed me that he has much intellect….but even 10 year olds know that his statement is a LIE (but that should surprise no one).
I worry that Donald the Orange will try to exert his “absolute power” over the society…including try to force the country to open up and disregard all the expert warnings against such a move.
When will the US get back to business? The simple question has a nuanced answer, but the White House appears to be aiming for at least a partial easing of the shutdown in a span that can be measured in weeks. “The next month or two, we should be able to restart, at least on a rolling basis,” is how White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow put it on Fox Business Thursday afternoon, per CNN. Coverage:
- New target? A report at Axios says “there’s a lot of internal energy” in the White House toward the date of May 1. For one thing, that marks the end of the current “30 Days to Slow the Spread” federal advisory. The story, though, quotes White House officials as saying the decision will be driven by data, not arbitrary deadlines. Generally, though, political and economic aides are aiming for a quicker reopening than public health officials.
- Or this: Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin said Thursday on CNBC that he thought businesses could get rolling again by the end of May, “as soon as the president feels comfortable with the medical issues,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Record jobless claims and disastrous economic forecasts were behind the impetus. “We need to have a plan nationally for reopening the economy,” said Fed chief Jerome Powell on Thursday. “Most people expect that to happen in the second half of this year, after the second quarter, which of course ends on June 30.” He did not get more specific.
- What Trump says: “We’re looking at the concept where we open sections of the country, and we’re also looking at the concept where you open up everything,” Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News on Tuesday, per Fortune. Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci told Fox News that the White House task force discussed the issue at length on Tuesday night. “You don’t want to let up at a time that’s premature,” he said, but “it makes sense to at least plan what a reentry into normality would look like.”
Donald the Orange has NO idea what his powers are…the Constitution means nothing to this slug….when he is told that he cannot be a dictator he doubles down on the rhetoric of a ……you guessed it….dictator….
Early Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused President Trump of behaving more like a “king” than a president in asserting authority over the states on the coronavirus outbreak. Trump himself later floated a different comparison, that of a ship captain. A very specific ship captain. “Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies,” he tweeted. “A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!” Coverage:
- Another: Trump’s tweets came after Cuomo’s “king” criticism, and the president directed another rejoinder directly at the governor: “Cuomo’s been calling daily, even hourly, begging for everything, most of which should have been the state’s responsibility, such as new hospitals, beds, ventilators, etc.” he wrote. “I got it all done for him, and everyone else, and now he seems to want Independence! That won’t happen!”
- About that captain: Vanity Fair is among those who found Trump’s reference to the movie (there were two, one in 1935 and another in 1962) a little perplexing. That’s because the infamous Capt. Bligh was “an arrogant, nasty, paranoid, freakishly obsessive, and brutal man,” and things didn’t end well for him.
- Skeptics: Trump was expected to lay out his arguments on exerting presidential authority, but in the meantime, the skeptics were out and NPR rounds up the opinions of legal experts. “It’s so plain and obvious it’s not even debatable,” says Kathleen Bergin, a professor at Cornell Law School. “Trump has no authority to ease social distancing, or to open schools or private businesses,” she adds. “These are matters for states to decide under their power to promote public health and welfare, a power guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.”
- Republicans, too: Rep. Liz Cheney and Sen. Marco Rubio were among prominent Republicans to say that Trump cannot force the states to do his bidding, reports USA Today. “The federal government does not have absolute power,” tweeted Cheney, and she included the text of the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Rubio wrote that federal guidelines “will be very influential,” but “the Constitution & common sense dictates these decisions be made at the state level.”
Does Trump know why we fought a revolutionary war? Does this slug know what is meant by states rights?
The Orange Man just does not know when to STFU!
Time to consider what needs doing and just f*cking DO IT!
Leave the campaign rhetoric in the bathroom where it belongs…..and leave Donald the Orange on the curb for the trashman to pick up.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”