When Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for President of the United States of America, I immediately dismissed it out of hand. There were many other Republican candidates that I felt were a better fit and more qualified to be President. Not to mention, I felt that whomever was the next to be President needed to build on President Obama’s legacy.
In all honesty, I believed that Ted Cruz as much of a conservative radical or Jeb Bush who was more of a moderate, would win the Republican nomination. However, at every opportunity Donald Trump crushed my expectations. Eventually, it became clear that he would win the nomination. Whether he would win the Presidency would all depend on who the Democrats placed against him. But they chose wrong. They chose one of the most unpopular Democrats in recent history, Hillary Clinton to run against a deeply unpopular Donald Trump. And thus, to make a long story short, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by millions of votes but was crushed in the Electoral College. Donald Trump had achieved what had been thought as impossible for him, he had won the Presidency.
As someone who was deeply unsupportive of Donald Trump, I was shocked and angry at his ascendency to the highest office in the land. I felt that he was unqualified and unfit to be President. However, I was willing to give him a chance. I felt that it was wrong to root for the failure of someone who would represent us on the global stage. So I hoped that he would prove me wrong. I hoped that he would prove to me that he would “make America great again”.
However, Donald Trump’s first two weeks have solidified the fears that I had. In only TWO WEEKS, he has made it clear that he is unqualified and unfit to be President. He has inspired fear into several segments of American society instead of being a leader for ALL of American society. That alone makes him unfit.
In his first two weeks as President, he had enacted several executive orders that are sure to be contested in court as unconstitutional. Two examples of this include his “Muslim Ban” and his ban on federal funding for Sanctuary Cities.
First, let me begin by saying that my previous post regarding the Muslim Ban was inaccurate. This was brought to my attention by another blogger and caused me to delve deeper into my research. What I learned completely shifted my view of the Muslim Ban. The Muslim Ban bans the nationals of several Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and puts a freeze on the American refugee system.
On Facebook and other social media websites, I have seen people defending Trump’s ban saying it is needed for security and that it doesn’t just ban Muslims, it bans ALL nationals. However, that is false. In the text of the executive order, there is a provision for the religious minorities in the countries listed in the ban. It gives the religious minority (Christians) an exemption from the ban and also from the freeze on the refugee system. So yes, it is a Muslim Ban. Donald Trump is directly discriminating against the members of an entire religion, which is unconstitutional according to the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause prohibits any law from favoring one religion over another. With this de facto Muslim ban, this clause has been violated in the first two weeks of the Trump Presidency! Yet, we have people defending this as if the Constitution doesn’t even matter! Where is the outrage from the same Conservatives who were enraged when they felt President Obama was violating the Constitution?!
About one week ago, Donald Trump signed a very lowkey executive order to pull the federal funding for cities that identify as Sanctuary Cities. Sanctuary Cities are cities where the city government has laws in place to protect illegal immigrants from federal immigration laws. These cities have become a point of irritation for anti-immigration hardliners such as Donald Trump. In his campaign, Donald Trump vowed to pull the federal funding from these cities despite it being unconstitutional. There is a precedent for the issue of the federal government ordering local government to enforce federal law. In 1997, Printz vs. United States established the federal government cannot order local governments to enforce federal law. With that one case, the executive order on Sanctuary Cities is unconstitutional. However, there is another case that directly strikes down the executive order. In 2012, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court deemed the federal government CANNOT coerce states into following federal policies with threats of fund cuts. The executive order on Sanctuary Cities is extremely unconstitutional and has already been challenged by San Fransisco. With the two precedents, I am sure this order will struck down.
In conclusion, Donald Trump has already signed two UNCONSTITUTIONAL executive orders. Yet, the outrage from the Conservatives is extremely muted. In fact, most Conservatives are supporting this unconstitutional acts despite claiming their “wholehearted” support of the Constitution. The Trump Administration seems to be going down the wrong track, and he seems to hold those dictatorial tendencies that many were afraid of. Personally, I can no longer give him the benefit of the doubt. He has reinforced my belief that he is unfit for this office and I feel we are in for a long four years. Be safe everyone.
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