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Donald Trump claimed he had “total authority” and could order the states when to reopen. He backtracked and said he’s going to let the governors work it out. Why’d he backtrack? To avoid the embarrassment of issuing an order and having it ignored. That’s like saying I can kick your ass, but I don’t want to exert myself right now.
Then he says he can adjourn Congress. That’s another move he won’t do. Trump is upset that Congress hasn’t confirmed all his nominations. He would like for them to adjourn so he can do emergency installments. The Constitution does grant the president the power to adjourn Congress WHEN Congress can’t agree when to adjourn. No president has ever used the power before. Donald Trump can’t adjourn Congress just because they haven’t confirmed his nominee to Voice of America. Basically, Donald Trump wants to adjourn Congress because Voice of America hurt his feelings. This is another move he won’t make because he will be embarrassed.
He screams against mail-in voting and claims it leads to fraud. Except, there’s no evidence it has ever lead to fraud and…wait for it…Donald Trump has used mail-in voting. His reasoning for why it’s OK for him? Because he can. Perhaps, this is why he’s not a fan of the Post Office.
And then we come to the relief checks. Checks from the IRS are always signed by a government official, not an elected or appointed politician. But, Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Baby Fishmouth Mnuchin conspired to put Trump’s name in the memo line. Trump wants to use the coronavirus to give you the impression he’s giving you money. Trump is using government resources to campaign.
The outrage here, among many, is that no one will hold him accountable. It’s like his impeachment. The Republican Senate, who previously used the talking point “no collusion” to state Trump didn’t have anything to do with Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, decided that colluding with a foreign government is allowable. The Republican Senate, the Supreme Court, and the Justice Department have allowed Donald Trump to break the law.
In regards to the president being able to adjourn Congress, Republicans and Trump supporters keep citing Article 2, Section 3 (without comprehending it). Since they like to cite the Constitution, they need to read Article 1, Section 10.
Donald Trump called the Treasury Department and told them he’d like for them to do him a favor.
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What does Article 1 Section 10 have to do with anything? Did you mean Article 10 of the Bill of Rights?
Also, you don’t seem to understand Article 2 Section 3. It’s not only in cases of disagreements, he may adjourn congress. It clearly says: he may, on extraordinary occasions, and in case of disagreements, he may adjourn congress. The “and in case” is in addition to “extraordinary occasions”
My bad. Section 9. But my mistake is honest. Yours is a lie. It says on “extraordinary” occasions, he may CONVENE. Just like the Second Amendment, you twist it. You never mention the Second says “regulated” and here, you moved “extraordinary” from the part about convening to the part about adjourning. It is ONLY in disagreement between the houses. That is a fact, fact, fuckity fact.
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First of all “regulated” doesn’t necessarily mean government regulated…
Article 2 Section 3 “…he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”
If Congress doesn’t convene, then inherently there’s a disagreement and thus he has the power to adjourn Congress, because he has the duty to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed. The Senate still has to confirm his appointments in the next session. What are you crying about?
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DISGUST … “IT” can claim all he wants. Like everything, it’s a front, smoke and mirrors and all talk. Yet, dangerous talk!! Loathing galore …