The post-midterm dangers of Donald Trump

Whether the President is happy or sad has become the central, if not the sole, concern of the Republican Party and of his Cabinet. A few hours after the press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was finally forced to resign, yet, even in his resignation letter, he pleaded to be understood as an ideological loyalist, praising the President for his focus on the “rule of law.” Sessions was indeed a true Trumpist, particularly when it came to immigration policy. The White House’s announcement, on Thursday, that it was severely restricting asylum claims could almost be seen as an act of spite—denying Sessions the chance to preside over the demolition of a system he had so eagerly undermined…

The firing of Sessions is an illustration of how the President’s demand for loyalty brings the country ever closer to a constitutional crisis. Whitaker has said that the list of Supreme Court decisions that he thinks are wrong begins with Marbury v. Madison—the landmark 1803 case that delineated the Court’s power to interpret the Constitution, and which is woven into almost every aspect of American jurisprudence. If the Court doesn’t decide what’s constitutional, who does? Trump?

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