The Trump administration has acted foolishly and immorally – but not yet illegally
A frequent media trope is anxiety that the Trump administration is undermining American rule of law in the name of his own personal power, ego and profit. One recent Trump tweet in particular – “I have the absolute right to pardon myself” – did little to assuage the fears of those who believe Trump is planning, like Napoleon, to crown himself emperor. Long-time commentator Jonathan Chait recently warned: “The rule of law in the United States is like a suspension bridge – still upright, but with cables snapping, one by one.”
It may be that Trump has authoritarian desires. Nonetheless, the US firmly remains a nation of laws. For all the daily angst and noise about the current occupant of the White House, nothing has happened to date that fundamentally alters that statement.