Surprising no one, the New York Times has continued its series of front page stories warning of the impending danger of a Donald Trump administration. Trump himself has provided plenty of material worthy of criticism as well as outright condemnation, but the Times can’t help but put its lack of self-awareness on display daily in its mission to protect the queen bee.
Among its most recent warnings of certain doom is a consensus of legal scholars arguing that President Trump would sweep aside any concern over constitutional separation of powers. “Who knows what Donald Trump with a pen and phone would do?” asks Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, completely overlooking the fact that it was President Obama who in 2014 invited Congress to say hello to his little friends, his pen and his phone.
@nytimes where was concern when the current administration made his "I've got a pen, and I've got a phone" remark? That actually happened.
— M.E. Arnold (@Mea19692) June 3, 2016
But if that actually happened under President Obama, who cares deeply about separation of powers, imagine how much worse it will be when Trump, who doesn’t at all, inherits that pen.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 3, 2016
@nytimes No attempting to silence opposition through systematic violence and media spin is how that starts.
— Zirus Fal (@ReturntoZirus) June 3, 2016
@nytimes Authoritarianism starts with executive overreach bypassing congress, lack of transparency and arbitrary enforcement of law.
— Hivepaint (@Hivepaint) June 3, 2016
@nytimes i always thought they started with brownshirts attacking people for disagreeing with them, like "protesters" did last night
— Jakob Lyman (@jlyman_1) June 3, 2016
Let’s just forget about that whole bloody, flaming San Jose unpleasantness, OK? We’re talking about the future here.
"I don't think he cares about separation of powers at all," a fellow at the Hoover Institution said about Trump https://t.co/TNmQCGiA1n
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 3, 2016
— Adam Liptak (@adamliptak) June 3, 2016
— DJ (@usernamedon) June 4, 2016
New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak concedes this much: “Republican officials have criticized Mr. Obama for what they have called his unconstitutional expansion of executive power. But some legal scholars who share that view say the problem under a President Trump would be worse.”
More than simply Republican officials have criticized President Obama’s overreach, but we don’t recall a preemptive warning from the New York Times in 2008.
@nytimes serious question. Does anyone at the times consider how absurd nytimes looks when they post this crap?
— Andy Nagel (@andynagel) June 3, 2016
It certainly seems like any one of the scholars quoted could have been invited to submit an op-ed piece instead.
@adamliptak you sir are dead wrong ! What do you think Obama has been doing the last 8 yrs ! Ignoring the Constitution! Executive orders
— Charlie Turner (@cwturner50) June 4, 2016
— Matt W Ruff (@mattwruff) June 4, 2016
@nytimes But silence about Obama and his Justice dept.
— Patri (@puj_rit) June 3, 2016
@nytimes For crystsakes look at Obama's tenure then try & tell us about lies, corruption, pandering with our enemies…get a real life
— George LeFever (@GeorgeGle136) June 3, 2016
@adamliptak no one could possibly harm the Constitution more than the current President already has
— Savemeows (@meowupatree) June 4, 2016
@nytimes more so than our current president? Hard to match his disregard of the constitution.
— Graham McNeil (@GPharm) June 3, 2016
@nytimes You mean like threatening to withhold funds unless you agree? Trying to silence people if a different opinion on climate change?
— Doris (@Doris86556146) June 3, 2016
@nytimes Yea, not like bypassing Congress with executive actions, ramming legislation, lying to judges, deleting emails & hard drives etc.
— Michael Benson (@KeyMrB) June 3, 2016
@nytimes Obama's executive actions have set the precedent. Just cause you like his brand of fascism doesn't change the fact he is a fascist
— GroundedLiberal (@GroundedLiberal) June 3, 2016
@nytimes Really? Have you missed the last 7/12 years of Obama? Do you think Hillary will be better? You're a partisan rag and its over.
— Dom (@thedominator939) June 3, 2016
— Rich (SouthernJet) (@SouthernJetNC) June 3, 2016
@nytimes It'll only be federal overreach when the OTHER guy does it, right…..
— Dominic Grasso (@DominicGrasso1) June 3, 2016
It will be exactly the same, but a million times worse.
— Radiance Foundation (@lifehaspurpose) June 3, 2016
@nytimes How would you characterize the challenges to the US Constitution perpetrated during the past 7 1/2 years?
— BRho (@BRhodesMD) June 3, 2016
— Matthew Hopkins (@General_Hopkins) June 4, 2016
Waiting? We’re still waiting for Grandma to check her answering machine for that 3 a.m. phone call from Libya.
Liberals call ignoring laws they don't agree with "sanctuary cities"…waiting for Adam's story on that one…. https://t.co/8hizB71rah
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 4, 2016
— Petit Européen (@raulhGarcia) June 3, 2016
@nytimes where are your articles on how democracy ended
— Jammy Yoon (@jammyyoon) June 3, 2016
@nytimes this might literally be the dumbest thing ever written.
— jeremy lee (@jerlee7) June 3, 2016