President Donald Trump’s partisan acquittal from impeachment, attacks on the Justice Department, and efforts to shield or pardon criminals and corrupt politicians is already taking its toll.
On MSNBC Tuesday, New York University Law professor Melissa Murray said that the president’s behavior is coloring her own law students’ view of the world, and of their future career.
“We often learn from you, the big picture of what you tell your students,” said host Ari Melber. “For people watching this, if this evidence lines up this way, this looks like it is bad and getting worse. What do you say to them?”
“So I am teaching constitutional law right now at NYU,” said Murray. “The other day, my students and I talked about a case, Nixon v. Fitzgerald, about the president’s immunity from civil suits. One of the things the court says there is that, in immunizing the president from civil suits, you don’t make him a king. He is still subject to these other checks — the impeachment process, the free press, the prospect of his legacy.”
“When I said all these things in class, my students laughed,” said Murray. “And I don’t think I’ve ever been more disheartened as a lawyer and a teacher to be in front of 112 new lawyers, people who are learning to be lawyers, who are so jaded and cynical about the prospect of justice, and the powers of the president being vested in someone who does not use them for the public trust but clearly uses them for his own gains. And it’s sad.”
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Here’s how Christian Nationalists have shaped the federal government’s response to coronavirus
On Thursday, appearing on the Slate radio show "The Gist" with Mike Pesca, journalist Catherine Stewart outlined some of the ways the Christian Right is responsible for the federal government's disastrous response to coronavirus.
"The coronavirus pandemic is real wrath-of-God type stuff, isn't it?" said Pesca. "Well, there are some people who are waiting for this, who are ready for this, and who, quite scarily, have been tasked with the response."
"It's a complex question, and I think that Christian Nationalism, which is what we're dealing with here, is not a religion," said Stewart. "Many evangelicals are doing very positive things, many religious people are doing a lot of positive things in this situation with the coronavirus. But Christian Nationalism is not a religion, it's a political ideology that cloaks itself in religious rhetoric. And it's a movement that put Trump in power."
Jared Kushner ripped by NYT columnist: He will ‘get us all killed’ with his incompetence
On Thursday, writing for The New York Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg laid into President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who appeared at the day's coronavirus press conference to blame states for the federal government's slow response.
"Reporting on the White House’s herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror," wrote Goldberg. "According to Sherman, when New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that the state would need 30,000 ventilators at the apex of the coronavirus outbreak, Kushner decided that Cuomo was being alarmist. 'I have all this data about I.C.U. capacity,' Kushner reportedly said. 'I'm doing my own projections, and I've gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.'"