Donald Trump’s most recent appearance on Meet the Press reinforced my suspicion that he would be similar to President Obama when it comes to exercising executive authority. The Hill reports:
Donald Trump says President Obama’s irresponsible use of executive orders has paved the way for him to also use them freely if he wins the presidential race.
“I won’t refuse it. I’m going to do a lot of things,” Trump said when asked if he would use executive orders in an interview Sunday on NBC”s “Meet the Press.”
“I mean, he’s led the way, to be honest with you,” he added, referring to Obama.
The Republican primary front-runner said his executive orders, unlike the president’s, will be for the “right things.”
“But I’m going to use them much better and they’re going to serve a much better purpose than he’s done,” he said.
Previously, Trump promised to re-write homicide law with an executive order:
“One of the first things I’d do in terms of executive order if I win would be to sign a strong, strong statement that will go out to the country, out to the world, that anybody caught killing a policeman, policewoman, police officer — anybody killing a police officer: death penalty,” Trump said to loud applause. “It’s gonna happen. OK? We can’t let this go.”
These are the comments of a man who totally misunderstands and/or disregards the Constitution. The separation of powers doctrine was designed to place limits on the branches regardless of who holds them. President Obama criticized President Bush for exceeding his executive authority, and then proceeded to to the same thing because he was doing it for the “right” purposes. Trump is no different from Obama.
It’s time for Republicans to dump Donald Trump in favor of a constitutional conservative.