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Democrats Don’t Even Hide It Now

Detail of George III of the United Kingdom, 1771, by Johann Zoffany. (Public domain/via Wikimedia)

What is it with Democratic presidents announcing that they are legally prohibited from doing something, and then doing it anyway? What Joe Biden did today with the eviction moratorium was similar to what Barack Obama did with DACA: “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, oh screw it, I’m going to do it anyway.”

MSNBC’s Sam Stein notes that Biden is “basically saying the CDC is gonna do a new eviction morotorium [sic] that probably will get shot down in court but because it will take some time to go through the legal system, will provide interim relief.” Or, put another way: Biden is explicitly instructing a federal agency to do something he publicly admits is illegal in order to take advantage of how long it will take for the courts to strike it down. This is the guy we elected to restore honor to the White House?

Naturally, Republican presidents also break the law and violate the Constitution — and before anyone says “but Trump!” to me, read this — but when they do, they tend to pretend otherwise. Of late, Democrats seem to have dispensed with those niceties and just gone for it. This is a development, I’m afraid, that does not bode well for the future.

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