The legitimacy of Donald Trump’s election victory and his right to hold the Oval Office has been in question for quite some time now. The president himself denies that he won fairly, as he is utterly convinced that rampant voter fraud was at play during the election, thus explaining his poor popular vote numbers.
Today, there is yet another reason that adds to a growing list (including his numerous ties to Russia) that could turn Trump’s presidency on its head.
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster spoke out against Trump to an audience in Cleveland on Friday over Trump’s reprehensible attacks on Judge Robart’s decision to declare Trump’s Muslim ban unconstitutional.
Trump’s tweet about Robart, in which he derided him as a “so-called judge,” is the stuff of petty adolescent squabbles and is unbecoming from the leader of the free world. In fact, the tweet is so juvenile that, as Polster points out, there is no shadow of doubt that Trump is unfit to lead.
“This is serious business, because you start calling into question the legitimacy of someone, that undermines the whole system, all right?” asked Polster.
Polster told the crowd, “I think to say it publicly, that’s his right. But it calls into question, and some might even say forfeits, his or her own legitimacy. So I’ll leave it at that. It’s an important question, but that’s how I feel…I don’t believe there’s a single federal judge who would be intimidated by anybody. We took an oath to support and defend the Constitution and it means a lot. And I think that oath means, even more, today.”
To attack the judiciary is highly un-presidential, to say the least. It not only shows a lack of respect for Robart, but for the independence of the judiciary as a whole. It shows a streak of authoritarianism that has no place in our democracy.
Even Trump’s own Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, has called Trump’s insults against Robart both “demoralizing” and “disheartening.” That being said, no one with any moral compass or sense of how the government should work could endorse Trump and his actions in good conscience. The cries for impeachment are sure to follow.
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Christine is an avid supporter of progressive politics. She is currently getting her Masters degree after concentrating in Gender Studies as an undergrad.