Andrew Napolitano: ‘Tyranny’ Taking Hold As Republicans Give Trump Unconstitutional Powers
Fox News chief legal analyst Andrew Napolitano called out Congressional Republicans for giving President Donald Trump too much power and allowing him to repeatedly violate the constitution, warning that “tyranny” is arising.
Napolitano accused Trump of misappropriation of federal funds, pointing out Trump’s planned use of military funds to construct 175 miles of sporadic barriers along portions of the nearly 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico common border.
“After Congress expressly declined to give him that money, Trump signed into law – rather than vetoed – the legislation that denied him the funds he sought and then spent the money anyway,” Napolitano said on his show “Napolitano’s Chambers.”
He also blasted “Trump’s imposition of sales taxes” – Trump calls them tariffs — on nearly all goods imported into the United States from China, adding that “these are taxes that only Congress can constitutionally authorize.”
Napolitano noted that “late Justice Antonin Scalia railed against all this — and the Supreme Court often struck down power transfers from Congress to the president. It did so not to preserve the institutional integrity of Congress but to uphold the principle of the separation of powers that the founding fathers crafted as a bulwark against tyranny. The constitutional allocation of power among the branches is not for them to alter.”
“This gradual concentration of power in the presidency is a wolf in sheep’s clothing that became a bare naked wolf,” he said.
“The Republicans who rejoice in this will weep over it when a Democrat is in the White House. No president should have unconstitutional powers.
“The guarantees of the Constitution — separation of powers foremost among them — are only effective when the folks in whose hands we repose the Constitution for safekeeping are faithful to their oaths to uphold it.
When they are, our freedoms flourish. When they aren’t — power abhors a vacuum — tyranny arises.