How Trump Is Threatening the Constitution

This piece originally appeared on The Houston Chronicle

A year ago, as the Republican Party was preparing to head to its convention in Cleveland to officially nominate Donald Trump for president, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued an analysis of Trump's policy proposals.

That analysis, "Donald Trump: A One-Man Constitutional Crisis," concluded that his proposals to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, ban Muslims from entering the country, surveil American Muslims and their houses of worship, revise libel laws and bring back the Bush-era torture program would blatantly violate the Constitution.

It was a terrifying report. Still, many thought that this country – whose ideals have inspired people from all over the world to come here and become Americans, united not by ethnicity, language religion or culture, but by the ideas and ideals laid out in our Constitution – wouldn't elect a man whose proposals were seemingly so in conflict with it.

But we did.

And the election of a man who is openly hostile to minorities, immigrants and particularly to individuals of Latino descent has struck me, the son of Colombian immigrants, in a personal way.

I worry that my parents will be accosted at the grocery store for speaking Spanish. I worry that my two boys will be told by classmates to "go back where they came from" because their skin is brown.

As Trump's political rhetoric turns into policy, our fundamental American values are being put to their greatest test.

Thankfully, our system of checks and balances is serving to curtail many of the administration's efforts to run roughshod over our constitutional freedoms. Courts throughout the country have ruled against several of the Trump administration's most blatantly unconstitutional efforts – to defund cities that have chosen to limit participation in federal immigration enforcement and ban people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country.

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Anonymous

One man can't cause a "constitutional crisis." The problems run much deeper.....

Anonymous

Agreed

Anonymous

The entire Republican Party has been dismantling the Constitution. Neither Party Represents the people.

Anonymous

Second you there. Still Trump is a threat to democracy. He is the result of hate radio, FOX "News", and defunding our educational system. His followers are a bunch of bigoted violent rednecks who want to trash a country that has opened itself to non-white people, gays, etc. He is the embodiment of violent paranoia.

It would be nice to think that the GOP would be embarrassed and horrified by what they've produced and would exhibit some degree of quality control in the future. There's more to life than voting as a mindless block to get more power.

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Dog eater

Is it free speech for me to eat a dog in a public park? I'm Chinese and I like the taste. I also eat cat. Both are as juicy as chicken or pork when cooked righ.

I like to make curry dog with rice. Also sweet and sour cat with cabbage. They taste so good! I want to open a food truck called "cat dog, mm mm good". What do you think? Free speech?

Anonymous

I like to sprinkle roofies onto the food of people eating dogs in public parks, drag them into alleys and do nasty things to them. Free speech!!!

Anonymous

I like to do this in a public park...

https://youtu.be/7eh0NL1Ow7g

Celesrina

Just because we can do and or say something does not mean we should

Donnie Trump

I like to grab pussy on the weekends.

Anonymous

When you have rich like this Terry Bunn Jr doing what they want to young college girls and the locals not doing a thing you can bet crisis is coming .

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