Every now and then, Donald J. Trump says something that strongly suggests that, even after two-and-a-half years, he doesn’t know a lot about being president, much less about spelling. Tuesday was one of those occasions. The leader of the free world was delivering an address at the Turning Point USA conference, dedicated to young conservatives. As usual, he said a lot of things. But the internet has largely circled around one bit in particularly, namely when he claimed the constitution gave him unlimited power, which he humbly, bravely ignores.
Trump was talking about all the cool things the Constitution — a manuscript he’s definitely read in full, or at least half paid attention to the Cliffs Notes version delivered by aides — allows him, the president, to do. “Then I have an Article 2,” he told the crowd, “where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.”
It didn’t take Constitutional scholars to point out that, no, that’s in none of the four sections of Article 2, which ensures that the United States doesn’t find itself ruled by an authoritarian making up his own, possibly dangerous rules.
Did Trump make a mistake? Or is he spreading misinformation — boasting about powers no president should have? Either way, the internet reacted with a mixture of contempt and amusement.
Some helpfully pointed to Section 4 of Article 2.
One Washington Post reporter pointed out he’s said this before, in relation to the about-to-testify Robert Mueller.
But it still worried many.
Even certain famous conservatives weren’t having it.
But Trump in his address didn’t only talk about the rules he possibly doesn’t understand. He also had even more words for the “Squad,” with whom he’s been squabbling since making them the target of racist tweets.
Anyway, it’s a year-and-a-half till Election Day 2020. Get comfy.