Trump’s grasp of the law is notoriously deficient. It’s often contrary to its actual interpretations, and simple-minded at best. It’s transparently twisted in order to achieve an illogical and unwarranted outcome that stretches absurdly to benefit himself.
On Saturday Trump brought his traveling salvation show to the Faith and Freedom conference, a cesspool of hypocrisy that is honoring a pathological lying, lazy, greedy, egotistical, envious, glutinous, wrathful, serial adulterer, who aspires to authoritarian tyranny. In short, a heretic who has doggedly violated all seven deadly sins and added a few of his own invention. So much for faith and freedom.
Trump mesmerized his cult followers in the audience with the same tediously repetitious rhetoric that he disgorges at virtually every public appearance. However, on this occasion, Trump introduced a new wrinkle that reeks of of the dictatorial dominance that he craves. To the delight of his devotees, Trump said that…
“Today I’m announcing a new plan to protect the integrity of our immigrations system. Federal law prohibits the entry of communists and totalitarians into the United States. So my question is, what do we do with the ones that already here, that grew up here? I think we have to pass a new law for them. Using federal law section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, I will order my government to deny entry to all Communists and all Marxists. Those who come to enjoin our country must love our country… So we’re going to keep foreign, Christian hating Communists, Marxists and Socialists out of America.”
Trump: Using federal law, I will order my government to deny entry to all Communists and all Marxists.. So we're going to keep foreign Christian hating Communists, Marxists and Socialists out of America pic.twitter.com/BXWcJIdGZF
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 25, 2023
First of all, nowhere in Federal law does it “prohibit the entry of communists and totalitarians into the United States.” And if Trump wants new legislation that would banish native totalitarians, he would have to carefully carve out an exception for the most prominent one, Donald J. Trump.
More to the point, Trump’s proposal to order “his” government to “deny entry to all Communists and all Marxists” is grossly un-American, unconstitutional, and utterly unenforceable. After all, Trump calls all of his political foes Communists and all Marxists, including President Biden, Democrats in Congress, much of the free press, and any attorney or judge that dares to investigate or prosecute him for his multitude of crimes. In Trump’s mind – as he frequently rages emphatically – they are all “RADICAL LEFT MARXISTS, FASCISTS, COMMUNISTS, LUNATICS, & DERANGED MANIACS.”
Trump’s says that his proposal is based on Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act. This is the same perverse misinterpretation of the federal statute that Trump used for his racist Muslim ban. It’s a broadly written rule that can be easily exploited for nefarious purposes. It says that…
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Now Trump is twisting this statute grotesquely to apply to political ideology. How he expects that it would be carried out is a mystery. Would every migrant be deposed prior to entry to ascertain their political beliefs? Would those beliefs be categorized as Marxist or communist if they simply offended or criticized Trump? Would it apply to Trump’s communist pals like Vladimir Putin or members of his regime?
Clearly this proposal was merely intended to whip up the inbred hatred of his cult disciples. Were he to actually have an opportunity to impose it, he would use it to ban his perceived enemies. It’s just another example of his inability to comprehend the meaning of laws as anything other than tools to advance his own personal interests.
Similarly, in the same speech, Trump exhibited his ignorance of the laws related to his current legal troubles. He repeated his ludicrous claim that the Presidential Records Act absolves him of any guilt for having stolen and hoarded classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago home/hotel, saying that…
“Whatever documents a President decides to take with him, he has the absolute right to take them. He has the absolute right to keep them, or he can give them back to NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) if he wants to talk to them like we were doing. And he can do that if he wants. That’s the law and it couldn’t be more clear.”
Trump: Whatever documents a President decides to take with him, he has the absolute right to take them. He has the absolute right to keep them or he can give them back.. that’s the law pic.twitter.com/WaezsyQMUu
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 25, 2023
Not only is he misinterpreting this law, he is confessing to the crimes he was indicted for. And not for the first time…
For the record, the Presidential Records Act explicitly states that “Presidential records automatically transfer into the legal custody of the [National] Archivist as soon as the President leaves office.” That’s the law and it couldn’t be more clear.
In addition to these wildly preposterous statements, Trump told the conferees that being indicted on 37 felony counts is a “badge of courage,” and that “I’m being indicted for you.” Then, as a gift to Democratic candidates in 2024, he bragged that he was the one who was responsible for “the Supreme Court’s landmark decision ending the constitutional atrocity known as Roe V Wade.”
It is remarks like these that cement Trump’s support in the low 30’s, and make him entirely unelectable. They are, however, useful for grifting off of his gullible cult disciples. They couldn’t care less that he can’t comprehend the law, or that he uses it for unscrupulous purposes. In fact, they adore him specifically because of his desecration of, and disrespect for the law and law breakers. It’s what cult leaders and their minions do.
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