Trump’s attempt to blame what happens to DACA recipients on Congress is stunningly hypocritical, even for him.
Rolling Stone has delivered an epic point-by-point take down of the infamous Koch Brothers. They have heaped praises on Barack Obama writing that: ““Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.”
They covered the time music legend Bruce Springsteen unloaded on Trump during an interview, telling them that the republic is under siege by a moron, basically. The whole thing is tragic. Without overstating it, it’s a tragedy for our democracy. […] The ideas he’s moving to the mainstream are all very dangerous ideas, white nationalism and the alt-right movement.”
Yesterday (the 6th of August, 2017) Rolling Stone turned its attention to Trump and his “stunning hypocrisy on DACA,” President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
After providing some background on the DACA, Rolling Stone gets to the substance of their grievance with Trump: his hypocrisy in trying to pawn off the future of that program on Congress.
Rolling Stone begins their analysis, reporting that: “Republican attorneys general from a number of states… threatened to challenge DACA in court unless Trump rescinded it by this week.”
“Instead of telling them to go to hell… Trump is using the sketchy legal argument the AGs laid out in their letter to claim his hands are tied,” Rolling Stone continues, explaining that: “DACA opponents claim President Obama exceeded the authority delegated to him by Congress by implementing DACA, [however] that has not been a winning argument in court.”
But Trump is claiming he doesn’t have that authority in order to pass the buck to Congress. He is partially delaying the crack-down on DACA recipients for six months, while telling Congress, as he put it on Twitter Tuesday, to “get ready to do your job – DACA!”
This attempt to blame what happens to DACA recipients on Congress is stunningly hypocritical, even for Trump. In the context of the Muslim ban, Trump has argued in and out of court that immigration policy is not only his job, but that his powers in that area are virtually unlimited.
Trump claiming that his powers are too limited to allow DACA to continue is even more absurd in light of his general refusal to accept well-established limits on his power. His response to courts doing their jobs by keeping him – and buddies like former Sheriff Joe Arpaio – from acting outside the law has consistently been to attack those courts. Trump’s legal theory in every other context is that he is the biggest and the baddest, so he gets to do whatever he wants, Constitution be damned.
But despite disdain for the rule of law having been the defining characteristic of Trump’s presidency, Jeff Sessions said with a straight face Tuesday that ending DACA was about “strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America.”
Rolling Stone concludes their analysis, writing:
From his simultaneous action and inaction on DACA, one must conclude that Trump is either a liar or a wimp: He loves executive orders and thinks the president’s authority is extremely broad, so either he doesn’t really care about the DACA recipients or he lacks the spine to stand up to the hardliners.