On Wednesday, President Donald Trump threatened to use executive power to force Congress to adjourn, so that he can make recess appointments of every nominee that is stuck in the Senate — something the Constitution says the president doesn't actually have power to do except in a very narrow set of circumstances.
Trump's threat horrified commenters on social media, who immediately condemned the president's latest authoritarian impulse — including a number of conservative academics like Tom Nichols and Jonah Goldberg.
Let this one sink in. The President just threatened to shut down Congress. They do that in Russia. They do that… https://t.co/uyPcPL43dk— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1586989056.0
#MerrickGarland waited a year for Senate approval so don't go complaining about your right wing judges not approved.— Susan Pfeifer (@Susan Pfeifer)1586988476.0
If Obama had ever threatened to adjourn both houses of Congress by fiat, Republicans would be driving across that l… https://t.co/scIcinBgyo— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1586988192.0
OH MY GOD. The president is threatening to adjourn both houses of Congress. He admits it has never been done befo… https://t.co/MhrCtc64ik— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah™)1586988341.0
At #coronaviruspressrally Trump complains about judicial appointments and officials not being confirmed (what that… https://t.co/AgGBK6TMHo— Michael Steele (@Michael Steele)1586989098.0
Just following up “total authority” with the threat to forcibly adjourn Congress so that he can make recess appoint… https://t.co/ZLLKmMeo5x— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™)1586988238.0
I don't want to be kneejerk against this just because it's never been done before. But the fact that it's never bee… https://t.co/7aXewq1YV0— Jonah Goldberg (@Jonah Goldberg)1586989372.0
DJT: I have all power. No you don't. You're not a King. Congress has power over you. DJT: I'm going to adjourn C… https://t.co/byBjk0BCA7— Dr. Joanne Freeman (@Dr. Joanne Freeman)1586988932.0
One thing seems clear: DOJ lawyers at OLC are going to be busy writing an opinion on whether Trump has authority to adjourn Congress— davidshepardson (@davidshepardson)1586989257.0
No the president cannot adjourn Congress to create the recess that would justify making appointments without Congre… https://t.co/bLlM5VUz8c— Christian Vanderbrouk (@Christian Vanderbrouk)1586989031.0