The president learns about separation of powers

“In early February 2017, a federal judge in Seattle, James Robart, the travel ban the Trump administration had hastily implemented a week earlier based on an executive order from the president, causing chaos, and then protests, at airports nationwide” writes Russell Berman for Trump’s furious response was nearly immediate: “The opinion of this so-called judge,” he early on a Saturday morning, “which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” about the decision followed soon after.The next day, Trump an accusation that the judge was imperiling the nation and told the public, “If something happens blame him and court system.” The president’s vitriolic response was illustrative in two key ways: First, it was one of many early indications that Trump would have little patience for the norms that have long governed Washington. And second, it served notice that there would be no discernible difference between Trump the presidential candidate, who had launched racist attacks on the federal judge Gonzalo Curiel after an unfavorable decision, and Trump the president.

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