It’s true that the speech, purely as a political performance, was conventional, and therefore almost bearable. On closer inspection, though, it was not that normal at all
Every President finds his commitment to the system of checks and balances tested at some point. If that commitment is weak to begin with, as is clearly the case with Trump, any assertion of supreme authority can be justified.
Mr. Trump’s compulsive dishonesty makes it foolish to put faith in anything he says, and that includes the most important words he uttered today: that he will preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
If a president gave an Oval Office address and the networks refused to air it, would it make a sound?
As the prospect of a Clinton Presidency has increased, G.O.P. lawmakers have made it clear that the Garland blockade was only a proof of concept.
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