Paul Ryan says that if a President Trump were to do something illegal, such as ban immigrants on the basis of their religion, he, as Speaker of the House, would sue him. Ryan seems to be floating the possibility that a President Trump might not be so bad because he could be controlled by the law. Congress and the courts could keep him in line. Do you think Trump could be checked and balanced?
After the jump, an argument that he couldn’t. Do you agree?
From Robert Kagan, Would checks and balances stop Trump? Don’t bet on it. – The Washington Post:
Will the Republican Party that made Donald Trump its nominee protect us from Trump when he is president? Even as they call him a “textbook” racist and acknowledge his scant regard for the rule of law, Republican leaders assure voters that the U.S. system of checks and balances will contain their candidate’s authoritarian impulses. Congress and the judicial system will keep Trump under control.