Trump’s View of Article II

A blast from the past: two days before the Zelensky call.

On July 23, 2019, two days from what is rapidly becoming an infamous phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Donald Trump gave a speech to the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington.

During that speech he said the following (the second clip, as for some reason I can’t just post only it), which speaks to his state of mind at roughly the same time that he made the call.

The odds, of course, that Trump has read Article II is slim (spoiler: as noted above, that is not at all what Article II says).

FILED UNDER: Donald Trump, Impeachment, US Politics
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. mattbernius says:

    And, at least based on your discussion with @JKB, there’s a non-insignificant portion of his base who subscribes to that theory as well.

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  2. Moosebreath says:

    @mattbernius:

    Well, if Trump said it, @JKB knows it must be true.

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  3. Gustopher says:

    @mattbernius: Theory does not apply when Democrats hold the office, as we are a Republic, not a Democracy.

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  4. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @Gustopher: From his own defensive zone, he shoots, HE SCOOOOOOOOORES!

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  5. @Just nutha ignint cracker: He’s just trying to trigger me 😉

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  6. Barry says:

    @mattbernius: “And, at least based on your discussion with @JKB, there’s a non-insignificant portion of his base who subscribes to that theory as well.”

    Right now they do. Come the next Democratic President, they’ll scream about limited government.

    The cycle is not new.

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  7. CSK says:

    I think Trump’s base actually does believe, or purports to believe, that Article II does empower him to do whatever he likes.

  8. JohnMcC says:

    Well, that is what an ignorant man would conclude after being coached in his young Presidency by Federalist lawyers who believe in a ‘unitary executive’. Wouldn’t you say?