Former Guy profoundly altered our system of government. Though he was no Washington or Lincoln, Trump, with the help of #GOPComplicitTraitors amended the “informal” Constitution in at least 5 significant ways.

Amendment 1. No president shall be removed from office for treason, bribery or any crime or misdemeanor should a partisan minority of the Senate choose to protect him. Impeachment was intended to be a check on presidential misbehavior;it’s now more like a partisan permission slip
Amendment 2. Congressional oversight shall be optional. No congressional subpoena or demand for testimony or documents shall bind a president who chooses to ignore it. From now on, if the president stonewalls Congress—well, too bad for Congress.
Amendment 3. Congressional appropriations shall be suggestions. The president may choose whether or not to comply with congressional spending laws & Congress shall have no recourse should a president declare that his own priorities supersede Congress’s instructions.
Whatever. 🙄
Amendment 4. The president shall have authority to make appointments as he sees fit without the advice &consent of the Senate provided he deems his appointees to be acting, temporary or exempt from the ordinary process. “I like acting [appointees] because I can move so quickly.”
Amendment 5. The president shall have unconstrained authority to dangle & issue pardons for the purpose of obstructing justice, tampering with witnesses & forestalling investigations. The great majority of his pardons went to people with a personal or political connection to him.
The real fix for the Trump amendments is not statutory but political. It requires Congress to begin reasserting its institutional prerogatives &putting them ahead of short-term partisan politics. It requires a change of mindset among partisans in the public primarily Republicans.

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