An Exit Survey of Trump’s Constitutional Misdeeds

President Trump at a White House news conference, February 23, 2018. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Trump broke norms and coarsened American political culture, but the bulk of his constitutional abuses involved pen-and-phone policymaking of a familiar sort.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W ith Donald Trump out of the White House, pundits are trying to find coherent ways of summarizing what was, to say the least, an unconventional presidency. I had long planned to do an exit survey of the Trump administration’s constitutional record, as I did four years ago in cataloguing President Obama’s top ten constitutional violations. But there are two problems with applying that approach to Trump.

First, in many cases, when people claim that Trump’s actions violated the Constitution, they’re really pointing to a move with which they disagree, or a move that broke norms but not laws, or even just

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