In an interview with FOX News, Trump slammed the United States Constitution, calling its system of checks and balances on his power “archaic.”
“It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”
Trump was undoubtedly reacting to both of his travel bans on predominantly Muslim countries getting struck down in federal court. Of the matter, Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, went as far as to say:
“I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and constitutional power.”
Trump has also taken heat for calling Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan “to congratulate him on winning a much-disputed referendum that will cement his autocratic rule over the country and, in the view of many experts, erode Turkey’s democratic institutions.”
While Trump’s own autocratic tendencies may be stifled by the constraints of our democratic government, Americans are grateful that there are checks to Trump’s unconstitutional actions. The United States Constitution is the cornerstone of American democracy, and will survive long after Trump’s unsuccessful efforts to dismantle it.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.