The Democratic president accused of “blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document,” this week warned that the Constitution is in danger if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is elected on Tuesday.
“If you disrespect the Constitution by threatening to shut down the press when it doesn’t say things you like, or threaten to throw your opponent in jail, or discriminate against people of different faiths — if you do that before you’re elected, then what are you going to do when you have actual power to do those things?” President Barack Obama said of Trump while campaigning for fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Despite Obama’s warning, many have noted the president’s seeming disregard for the Constitution throughout his tenure. In a piece by Ilya Shapiro for the National Review, he lists Obama’s top 10 abuses of the Constitution in 2015.
” … we note that one of President Obama’s chief accomplishments has been to return the Constitution to a central place in our public discourse,” Shapiro began.
“Unfortunately, the president fomented this upswing in civic interest not by talking up federalism or the separation of powers but by blatantly violating the strictures of our founding document. With his pen and his phone, and hearkening to Woodrow Wilson’s progressive view of government, he’s been taking out his frustrations with the checks and balances that inhibit his ability to ‘fundamentally transform’ the country,” he continued.
Obama’s recent comment also sparked a backlash on Twitter.
This, from a POTUS
– Who has Lost more Supreme Court Cases – than any other modern POTUS
– Because of his Constitutional overreach. https://t.co/jh0yJ1ZnLE
— Tom T. ن חי™ (@VRWCTexan) November 2, 2016
— TXCobrak (@TXCobrak) November 2, 2016
— Dale Austin (@fishing4dale) November 2, 2016
— Deplorable Me (@TAGOS22) November 3, 2016
Trump has made Obama’s extra-constitutional actions a major issue in his campaign, promising to reverse unlawful executive orders that have not already been thrown out by the courts.
“Obama’s going out and he is signing executive orders because he can’t put people into a room and they can’t agree to things. And just he says ‘well you know what, in two years I’m going to be playing golf for the rest of my life and I’m just going to sign these executive orders and let the courts work it out over the next five years,’” Trump said.
“The Constitution of this country has been absolutely riddled with bullets from the Obama administration. And believe me that will not happen if and when I am lucky enough to take over,” Trump said last August.
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