America's rickety Constitution is proving no match for the Mad King Donald

Separating powers is only enabling Trump's tyranny

President Trump.
(Image credit: Illustrated | REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

President Trump has officially embraced Richard Nixon's infamous view of presidential authority: "When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." That is the clear implication of a letter Trump's lawyers sent to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which made sweeping claims about the president's legal immunity from prosecution.

Very disturbing indeed — but it is a reflection of the basic failure of the American constitutional structure to perform as advertised. Instead of restricting the growth of tyranny, the Constitution's separation of powers is enabling the coronation of our own mad king.

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