Whenever Donald Trump gets in front of a camera, he’s unleashed. He goes off the rails.
Yesterday’s coronavirus press availability was his worst yet.
He claimed absolute, total authority over all our States and Territories to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Khizr Khan, the Pakistani-born immigration lawyer and the father of the late U S Army Captain Humayun Khan, a hero, spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
He verbally flayed Trump, demanding to know “Have you read the Constitution?”
Trump has most obviously NOT read our Constitution.
For Trump, the Constitution is just a piece of paper that he can ignore at will.
He’s unaware of the Tenth Amendment, which states, very clearly, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
As CNN accurately reported, "Trump cannot rescind executive orders made by governors in states related to school closures or stay-at-home orders. Also, isn't Trump a Republican? And didn't Republicans build their party on a limited federal government and expansive state governments?" (https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/14/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-press-conference/index.html).
Almost immediately, he had to walk back from that outrageous claim (https://www.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-intl-04-14-20/h_e26b603db4900d4b196ca1099b0abe92).
Then, to stay in front of the news cycle, he’s pulling us out of the World Health Organization — to which the U S is the largest donor — because he’s blaming it on the disaster of the pandemic.
In the face of all these Trumpian stupidities (and worse!), there’s good news: now that Joe Biden is the presumptive (but not presumptuous) nominee of the Party of the People, President Barack Obama has endorsed him, citing his strong leadership qualities.
Now that that critical endorsement has been made, it is all but certain that Trump will leave the White House on January 20, 2020, most likely in handcuffs placed on him by associate solitary reporter John Anderson.