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Does Trump Agree With Nixon That “When The President Does It, That Means It Is Not Illegal”?

February 8, 2017

Donald Trump said something yesterday which was simply bizarre and most remarkable.  He used words like “biased” and “political” to describe any court that disagrees with the executive order he signed on Jan. 29  concerning his Muslim travel ban.  But Trump, in yet another stunning moment yesterday, stated his assessment of the U.S. Code meant a sitting president, “can do whatever you want.”   

WHAT?  Nothing this sincerely troubling and outlandish has been uttered since Richard Nixon’s famous line in the David Frost’s interviews.

David Frost: Would you say that there are certain situations–and the Huston Plan was one of them–where the president can decide that it’s in the best interest of the nation, nd do something illegally?  

Richard Nixon: Well, when the president does it, that means it is not illegal.

What Trump is trying to use as leverage in his attempt to implement his Muslim travel ban–a religious ban if allowed–would create for a most troubling precedent.  That would create damage as it sets the new boundaries and rules for our government. It confirms what Trump and Nixon argue for: When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.  Allowing that idea to stand unchallenged does severe damage to the republic.

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