Steven Calabresi, a law professor at Northwestern University who has offered a broad defense to the president in recent years, wrote: “The claim that President Trump is a fascist.”
“However, this latest tweet is fascist and in itself is a reason for the immediate accusation of the president by the House of Representatives and his dismissal from office by the Senate,” he said.
It is a significant turning point from the co-founder of one of the most influential groups in Republican politics. In recent years, federal society has emerged as the leading conservative and libertarian voice, urging judges in society’s problems only to a limited extent.
The group also worked closely with Republican administrations to influence the selection of judges. Its leaders advised the George W. Bush administration on the appointment and became an even closer partner for Trump in selecting candidates for the bench.
The frightening assessment comes hours after Trump explicitly raised a delay in the November election on a tweet, claiming without proof that the competition would be wrong.
“Thanks to universal voting by e-mail (not a vote against absenteeism, which is good), 2020 will be the most unpleasant and faithful election in history. It will be a big embarrassment for the USA, “he wrote. “Postpone the election until people can vote correctly, safely and securely ???”;
Trump has no power to postpone elections, and the constitution gives Congress the power to set a voting date. Lawmakers on both sides said almost immediately that the election was unlikely to be postponed.
“Every Republican congress must tell President Trump that he cannot postpone the federal election,” Calabresi wrote. “It would be illegal, unconstitutional and without precedent in American history. Anyone who says otherwise should not be re-elected to Congress. “
Judge Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina-Trump liaison, told CNN when asked about the president’s call to postpone the election: “I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea.”
And Major Whip Sen. John Thune of the Republican leadership of South Dakota told CNN that there will be an election in November despite the president’s tweet.
“I think this is probably a statement that deserves some press attention, but I doubt it will have any serious impact,” Thune said. “I think the elections have been held every November since 1788, and I expect that to be the case this year as well.”
Although dozens of Republicans openly call for Trump’s tweet, his opposition to Calabresi is an excellent defect given his long GOP history. Although he has criticized the president in the past, Calabresi has gained considerable fame in recent years for his violent refusal to investigate Special Adviser Robert Mueller, as well as for Trump’s accusations of his behavior with Ukraine.
Annie Grayer, Kevin Liptak and Betsy Klein of CNN contributed to this report.