January 8, 2017
From a post by Bob Bauer, on the Lawfare Blog. An astonishing but straightforward statement about the current president of the United States.
Trump displays a demagogic leadership style characterized by the pathological personalization of his office. Of primary importance are his personal ends and ambitions: those ends justify the use of virtually any means. If to make a point or to inflict a penalty for crossing him, he feels he must climb down from the presidency to threaten litigation and perhaps become a litigant with no apparent concern for the costs to the institution, then that is what he will do. Norms are meaningless to the demagogue, who delights in ignoring them or who views them, as his chief of staff recently affirmed, as an impediment to running things as he would like.
He was commenting on Trump’s threatened lawsuit(s) against Steve Bannon, Michael Wolff and the publisher of Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury.
Bauer is a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at New York University School of Law, as well as the Co-Director of the university’s Legislative and Regulatory Process Clinic. He also served as White House Counsel to President Obama. The Lawfare blog, to which Bauer is a regular contributor, is must-reading in these times.
I continue to believe it is important to let the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller run its course. And then I am brought up short by something like this. Even if there is nothing to to the Russia matter, or nothing that touches Trump himself, there are many other reasons to think that Trump’s continuation as president is deeply wrong and harmful.