Donald Trump and Article Two: “Total Authority” or Totally Bonkers?
What does the Constitution Really Say About Presidential Power?
Wed., June 10, 2020, 6:30 pm
In July 2019, Donald Trump told a group of young supporters that Article Two of the U. S. Constitution gives him “the right to do whatever I want as president.” More recently, he has asserted that his absolute power allows him to shut down the United States Congress, adjourning it against its will, and to control the local affairs of every state during the COVID-19 crisis. He has claimed that in every aspect of American life and government “The president of the United States calls the shots.”
But does he? Is Trump right in his belief that “When somebody’s the president of the United States, the authority is total.” What does the Constitution REALLY say about President Trump and the nature of his power?
Join constitutional law expert Dr. Spero Lappas and the Hershey Indivisible Team for an informative look at the limits of authoritarianism in a republican democracy.