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
Republican stumbles as he tries to defend Trump’s claim that Iran can be trusted to fight ISIS
During an appearance on Fox News this Wednesday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) hit a snag while trying to justify President Trump's earlier contention that Russia and Iran would step in to fill the void left by the US after its withdrawal from northeast Syria, saying that "Russia, Iran, Syria and to maybe slightly lesser extent Turkey, they all hate ISIS as much as we do," during a Wednesday press conference alongside Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Speaking to Biggs, Fox News host Harris Faulkner pointed out that Trump's willingness to partly cede Syria's future to Iran contradicts his and other conservatives' rhetoric towards the Islamic Republic.
Alan Dershowitz boots rival lawyer from sex abuse case
Alan Dershowitz continues to deny accusations that he had sex with an underage woman on Jeffrey Epstein's private island. Flight logs show Dershowitz regularly flew on Epstein's private plane, dubbed the Lolita Express.
Dershowitz' explanation for why the allegations continue to dog him despite his firm denies is that a lawyer for the woman accusing Dershowitz—Virginia Giuffre—is out to get him.
On Wednesday, a judge agreed to take David Boies, the high-profile lawyer, off the case, reports the Daily Beast.
Here are the six most absurd things Trump just said in his unhinged Wednesday press conference
President Donald Trump unloaded a whole lot of crazy during a joint press conference with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
Trump attacked America's allies in the Middle East, his own political allies on Capitol Hill and repeated talking points used by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.
Here are six of the most absurd things from the press conference.
Trump proved he has no idea what's happening
During the press conference, Trump claimed his decision to abandon Kurdish allies in Syria was "strategically brilliant."