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What Can a President Do During a State of Emergency? - The Atlantic

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'Unknown to most Americans, a parallel legal regime allows the president to sidestep many of the constraints that normally apply. The moment the president declares a national emergency more than 100 special provisions become available to him.  From seizing control of the internet to declaring martial law, these extraordinary powers has historically rested on the assumption that the president will act in the country’s best interest.Trump has long signaled his disdain for the concepts of limited presidential power & democratic rule., His hostility to key elements of liberal democracy cannot be dismissed as mere bluster. What if, backed into a corner & facing electoral defeat or impeachment, he was to declare an emergency to hold on to power? In that scenario, our laws and institutions might not save us from a presidential power grab. They might be what takes us down.'

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When you watch a play, the behvior of the character tells the audience everything they need to know about his character --or lack thereof! This year alone, this serial liar has "championed victories that never happened and complained of challenges that don't exist, while repeating some of the same false claims dozens and dozens of times on the campaign trail, at the White House, and on Twitter.
This year alone, we've fact checked claims on tariffs, immigration law, health insurance, veterans health care, tax reform, aviation safety, automotive safety tests (and whether they involve bowling balls), border fencing, foiled terrorists, job creation, among many others. He's said, inexplicably, that people need a photo ID to buy groceries and cereal....It was the moment when you had to ask whether we really can survive two more years of Trump as president, whether this man and his demented behavior which will get only worse as the Mueller investigation concludes are going to destabilize our country, our markets, our key institutions and, by extension, the world. And therefore his removal from office now has to be on the table."


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From the Atlantic article come these words: "More is at stake here than the outcome of one or even two elections. Trump has long signaled his disdain for the concepts of limited presidential power and democratic rule. During his 2016 campaign, he praised murderous dictators. He declared that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, would be in jail if he were president, goading crowds into frenzied chants of "Lock her up." He hinted that he might not accept an electoral loss. As democracies around the world slide into autocracy, and nationalism and antidemocratic sentiment are on vivid display among segments of the American populace, Trump's evident hostility to key elements of liberal democracy cannot be dismissed as mere bluster."

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