To the Editor:
President Trump’s constant attacks on our Federal Courts reveals his ignorance of the United States Constitution. Further, justification for this statement is emphasized in a November 2018 Wall Street Journal op-ed piece by William Galston, “Trump Misjudges America’s Courts.”
A most vigilant court observer and critic, Trump’s accusations are misleading and irrelevant when compared to facts, yet, he continues to display a contradiction between his rule and the law.
Unlike his “Obama’s judges” claim, “Trump’s judges” have been drawn from a preapproved list supplied by the Federal Society, an extremely partisan think tank.
In 1952, Justice Robert Jackson said a President’s power is at its lowest ebb when he takes measures incompatible with the expressed or implied will of Congress. Trump’s most troubling trait, his low regard for the separation of powers and the rule of law.
He believes that judges ruling against him are driven by partisanship or personal animus, characteristics he often displays. There seems to be no place in his view for disagreement based on evidence, rules or institutional power other than his own.
For example, his proclivity to state “My Justice Department,” rather than understand that the Justice Department’s loyalty belongs to the Constitution, not to him. Further, he shows a disrespect and intolerance not only for the checks and balances of our three branches of government but also the FBI, CIA, Security Advisors and our allies.
Look out, America, these are dangerous signs. Americans cannot allow a shallow, egotistical president to threaten our country. Speak up! We deserve what we get!