Trump should con­sider be­com­ing own so­lic­i­tor gen­eral

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - Charles Hurt can be reached at churt@wash­ing­ton­; fol­low him on Twitter via @charleshurt.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s sin­gle great­est strength is that he — and he alone — is his own top ad­viser and most trusted con­fi­dant. It’s just he, him­self and @ re­alDon­aldTrump.

Which is kind of funny be­cause Mr. Trump’s great­est weak­ness also hap­pens to be that he — and he alone — is his own top ad­viser and most trusted con­fi­dant.

It tells you just how clue­less the me­dia is that they think Steve Ban­non is some­how the ac­tual pres­i­dent and Mr. Trump is just some kind of pup­pet.

Mr. Trump is no one’s pup­pet. But he does lis­ten to peo­ple who he thinks know more of the de­tails and par­tic­u­lars about an is­sue. And then he makes up his own mind.

It is how Jus­tice Neil M. Gor­such is sit­ting on the Supreme Court to­day.

But then you have a prob­lem like Mr. Trump’s to­tally le­git­i­mate travel ban that died the death of a thou­sand le­gal pa­per cuts by silly judges who have no busi­ness be­ing on the fed­eral bench in the first place.

Grasp­ing des­per­ately for power, and cer­tain that any­thing and ev­ery­thing is their do­main, th­ese black­robed har­lots refuse to ac­knowl­edge the sim­plest truth that, of course, the ex­ec­u­tive branch can keep any­body from en­ter­ing the coun­try that they see fit.

If vot­ers don’t like the poli­cies of the ex­ec­u­tive branch, they can vote the pres­i­dent out of of­fice in the next elec­tion.

Any­thing short of leav­ing that au­thor­ity in the hands of the ex­ec­u­tive branch means we have en­tirely sur­ren­dered the no­tion of self-gov­er­nance.

Any­way, Mr. Trump’s first travel ban hit a ju­di­cial buzz saw, and then a bunch of damned lawyers from Wash­ing­ton walked in of­fer­ing to help. Be­fore it was all over, they had wa­tered it down to some­thing un­rec­og­niz­able.

They said it would get the job done without hurt­ing so many peo­ple’s feel­ings. Mr. Trump shrugged and said fine.

Of course, ev­ery­body got of­fended all over again any­way.

Mean­while, what is NOT hap­pen­ing? Well, for starters, ter­ror­ist at­tacks car­ried out by in­sane rad­i­cal Is­lamic mon­sters have not stopped.

In fact, the fre­quency has reached a pace that it’s hard to keep track of the ones that hap­pened in just the past week. And that’s just the at­tacks in the civ­i­lized world.

The ones be­ing car­ried out in places like Afghanistan and Iraq and Libya and Syria don’t even make the evening news any­more.

The one in Lon­don hit a raw nerve, and Mr. Trump sur­veyed his still-gummed-up travel ban and was re­minded of the bill of goods those damned Wash­ing­ton lawyers sold him. So he popped off.

On Twitter, nat­u­rally.

“The Jus­tice Dept. should have stayed with the orig­i­nal Travel Ban, not the wa­tered down, po­lit­i­cally cor­rect ver­sion they sub­mit­ted to S.C.”

That would be the “Jus­tice Dept.” as in HIS Jus­tice De­part­ment, and “S.C.” would be the Supreme Court, be­fore which his Jus­tice De­part­ment lawyers will ap­pear in or­der to de­fend his re­vised “Travel Ban.”

Se­ri­ously, this place re­ally should not be this com­pli­cated.

It is a sim­ple prob­lem. We have all th­ese peo­ple all around the world who want to bring “death to Amer­ica,” and we would like to stop let­ting them in.

But be­cause Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics is so bro­ken and the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is so un­govern­able, Mr. Trump finds him­self in a legally pre­car­i­ous predica­ment — only slightly of his own mak­ing.

He is now the named chief ex­ec­u­tive who au­thored a travel ban that is now be­fore the Supreme Court, while also at the same time pub­licly trash­ing his own said travel ban.

I get that it looks bad, but hon­estly, a reck­less tweet is only a tiny, small per­cent­age of the prob­lem here.

The real prob­lem is that we have a lech­er­ous ju­di­ciary that usurps ex­ec­u­tive au­thor­ity, a drunken Congress that doesn’t care and a fed­eral le­viathan that is so big and un­govern­able that it is no longer re­motely an­swer­able to the vot­ers.

But all any­body wants to talk about is how it’s all Mr. Trump’s fault be­cause he is pissed off and tweeted about it.

Now I will give you this: Though I am a tremen­dous fan of the pres­i­dent tweet­ing, and I wish he would tweet more, frankly, I do wish that when it comes to le­gal mat­ters, he would, as they say, cease and de­sist.

Some­one last week on the end­less ca­ble blab­ber­fest had it about right. When it comes to things like this — espe­cially when Twitter is in­volved — Mr. Trump in­stantly grabs a grenade and pulls the pin.

And then he throws … the pin. It re­minds me of some bud­dies of mine grow­ing up. They thought it was hi­lar­i­ous to get some friends over to stand out in the mid­dle of a field and fire an arrow straight up into the sky and out of sight — and then watch ev­ery­one scat­ter.

The prob­lem with this fun lit­tle game, of course, is that the ge­nius with the bow is in just as much trou­ble as ev­ery­body else.

Truth is, Mr. Trump re­ally should kick his Twitter habit when it comes to any­thing le­gal. Or he could just go ahead and name him­self his own so­lic­i­tor gen­eral and ar­gue his own case be­fore the Supreme Court him­self.

Ac­tu­ally, that might not be such a bad idea.

Mr. Trump is so good at do­ing his own press, maybe he should try his hand at rep­re­sent­ing him­self be­fore the bench.

It would, at least, be highly en­ter­tain­ing.


Pres­i­dent Trump of­ten seems to trust him­self over the ad­vice of his own ad­vis­ers be­fore mak­ing de­ci­sions, which has likely both helped and harmed his pres­i­dency.

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