What’s Trump’s level of care for the Constitution? This question has been on the mind of many since he even began running, and he’s oftentimes presented with some unlikeable results.
Our Bill of Rights didn’t stop Trump from promising to temporarily ban all Muslims. You’ll also recall that Trump once said during a debate that Obama lacked the “courage” to use military force in 2013 with the Assad regime. In truth, Obama didn’t have the congressional backing, but that didn’t seem to matter to Trump.
But aside from his obvious dismissal of the Constitution’s rules, he doesn’t even seem to know what those rules are.
Recently, Trump sat down with Republican legislators to help grease the wheels between he and all the other R’s before the upcoming Republican convention. At one point, Rep. Mark Sanford from South Carolina marked a moment that had him suspicious that the guy doesn’t even know a thing about what he’s being put into office to protect.
Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) left the meeting worried about Trump’s grasp on the basics of the Constitution. At a lunch with reporters afterward, he recalled that the candidate did not seem to know what he was promising to defend.
“I wasn’t particularly impressed,” said Sanford. “It was the normal stream of consciousness that’s long on hyperbole and short on facts. At one point, somebody asked about Article I powers: What will you do to protect them? I think his response was, ‘I want to protect Article I, Article II, Article XII,’ going down the list. There is no Article XII.”
For those who aren’t up on their Articles, Trump was asked what he would do to protect legislative powers (Article I), which is a good question, seeing as how Obama has run roughshod over congress, and the legislative branch throughout his presidency.
Trump responded – obviously unknowingly – that he wants to protect the Article 1 (the legislative branch), Article II (the executive branch), and Article 12…which doesn’t exist. There are only 7.
If Trump did know what he’s talking about in any capacity, then it should raise alarms that he even said he wanted to protect Article II, which I’m sure did nothing to rest the nerves of whichever legislator asked him the question of protecting Article I. Of course, given his expressed belief that being President is akin to being King, his wanting to hold Article II close and personal isn’t far out of the realm of believability.
So for those keeping count, Trump knows about Two Corinthians, that there are five extra Articles of the Constitution, and the September 11th attacks happened on 7/11.
Good luck, America.