Jack Goldsmith, a professor at Harvard Law School, former Bush administration official and author of The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment inside the Bush Administration and Power and Constraint: The Accountable Presidency after 9/11, is among the nation’s most insightful commentators on the Executive Branch.
During the Obama administration, Goldsmith wrote at length about how President Obama embraced the Bush administration’s approach to executive power, particularly in foreign affairs. Now Goldsmith has trained his sights on the Trump administration.
The October 2017 issue of The Atlantic features Goldsmith’s searing critique of the Trump presidency to date. His article, “Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?” is a must-read.
Here is how the article begins:
Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes: Andrew Jackson’s rage; Millard Fillmore’s bigotry; James Buchanan’s incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt’s self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon’s paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton’s lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty.
“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm,”…
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