The courts have gotten too much slack and too much credit for ‘holding the line’ against Trump’s criminal activity over the past five years. I am nowhere near as optimistic about the courts as savior as many other Trump opponents.
The courts completely caved on the Emoluments Clause of our constitution in the face of sickening money corruption by Trump, including with foreign powers; they caved repeatedly by allowing themselves to be used as hapless pawns to Trump’s strategy of endless delay, making themselves a mockery of the rule of law, when there is absolutely no reason they could not have expedited the litigation schedule.
The ultimate question we face: can this democracy defend itself against a wannabe dictator and movement of violent threats and thuggery?
I’m less convinced than ever that it can.
Today, the DC Circuit (federal court of appeals just below the Supreme Court) just granted Trump another 20 days of impunity. Yes, this will be on an expedited schedule. Yet a month granted to a transparently absurd legal argument is just that. Tempus fugit.