Experts are warning America will face a legitimate constitutional crisis if President Donald Trump defies the U.S. Supreme Court and uses executive power to order his citizenship question added to the 2020 Census.
Multiple news outlets Thursday morning cite several administration sources who say Trump will announce the executive order this afternoon.
Here’s what some experts across the political spectrum are saying:
The Trump Administration has backed itself into a corner. It’s hard to see how they will legally be able to add a citizenship question to the census. What if they just do it anyway?
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) July 10, 2019
Defying the Supreme Court’s directive would open a seal that no one should want to see broken. It betrays the admin’s belief that it cannot satisfy the Court’s requests and threatens the legitimacy of the census. More importantly, it would be a legitimate constitutional crisis. https://t.co/3HdgNWMhk7
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) July 11, 2019
Defying the Supreme Court and violating Article One of the Constitution re the census meets any test of a constitutional crisis. Hold on tight. https://t.co/75Rh5hepW1
— Jonathan Alter (@jonathanalter) July 11, 2019
My guess is it would get challenged in court, struck down and he will back down. If he did not…constitutional crisis and absolute obligation of the House to impeach regardless of political consequences. (That said, in my view, that obligation has existed for a long time now.)
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) July 11, 2019
MSNBC’s Joyce Vance predicted we’d end up here just days ago:
This Is a constitutional crisis in full bloom. Trump wants to ignore a Supreme Court decision he doesn’t like. If he can, it’s game over. & it will come down to whether Chief Justice Roberts will hold the line. https://t.co/7B5czf7esh
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 5, 2019
Illinois GOP embarrasses itself with meme calling four Democratic congresswomen ‘The Jihad Squad’
Top leaders of the Illinois Republican Party sought to reverse damage on Sunday after posting a movie-style poster on Facebook that depicted four progressive congresswomen who have been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump in recent days as "The Jihad Squad."
The poster, whose image was reportedly uploaded to the Facebook account of the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois on Friday night, displayed images of the four newly elected congresswomen of color — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — who are often nicknamed "The Squad." It showed the lawmakers in film-style action poses with a smiling Pressley aiming a gun and Ocasio-Cortez donning a red evening dress that was on fire. Omar is seen pursing her lips and Tlaib is screaming.
Democrats, White House near deal to raise debt ceiling
US Democrats have nearly reached a deal with the Trump administration to raise the debt ceiling, allowing the government to borrow more money and avoid a disastrous default, sources close to the negotiations said Monday.
The "near-final agreement" would suspend the debt limit until the end of July 2021, and increase government spending by raising budget caps on defense and domestic outlays, one source said.
Republicans and Democrats have been hammering out the broad constructs of a deal for weeks as they faced calls to approve the agreement in the House by Friday, when the chamber begins a six-week recess.
Ivanka Trump visits defense contractor Lockheed Martin to promote apprenticeships
President Donald Trump's eldest daughter visited defense contractor Lockheed Martin to discuss apprenticeships for minorities.
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump visited the company's Denver-area facility Monday to discuss its apprenticeship programs and efforts to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees, reported UPI.
The president's daughter and Lockheed CEO Marilyn Hewson heard from several women who benefitted from Lockheed programs, and Trump pointed out that women who earn STEM degrees were more likely to remain in that industry if they receive on-the-job training during school.