Trump Attacks the Rule of Law, Again

President Donald Trump

Trump has shown us, time and again, that he has no regard for the rule of law. And now he’s stepping up his attacks, trying to convince his base that it should abandon a core principle – due process.

Trump’s constant attacks on immigrants, and immigration, have taken an ugly turn. He’s decided to use the animosity and blind hatred inspired by his lies to attack the rule of law. He’s tweeted his belief that undocumented immigrants should be denied due process when they enter our country – that “we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came.” The U.S. Supreme Court has flatly rejected this idea, holding that everyone in the U.S. is entitled to due process. And this makes sense. People fleeing violence in other countries have a right to come here and request asylum. An executive branch so opposed to that right should not be given decision-making authority over those requests. And if the government could remove anyone without a process to evaluate their claimed right to be here, they could remove you or me, and there is nothing we could do about it. As this article notes, Trump’s tweets “play well with his political base” but “that’s where the danger lies – when the American people support a political leader who has such a blatant disregard for the U.S. Constitution and the fundamentals of law, then the democracy itself is at risk.”

Tom McClintock has embraced the same harshly-anti-immigrant policies and he has never pushed back on this President’s attacks on the rule of law. McClintock is selling us out, one vote at a time. This is one of the many reasons we oppose Tom McClintock. California’s Fourth District, and this country, deserve better.

When a president attacks due process, democracy itself is at risk

 


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