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Trump’s most recent tyrannical overreach will undoubtedly wind up in the Supreme Court. He will veto any bipartisan effort to stop his usurpation of the legislature’s authority, and Republicans do not have the political spine to vote to override his veto. Hence, it will eventually fall to the judiciary to decide whether to reign in his imperial ambitions. This fight is about more than a wall; it is about reestablishing the balance of power outlined in the Constitution and checking the recklessness of an out-of-control executive.

Trump must be feeling smug with a five-to-four conservative/liberal split on the court. However, Chief Justice Roberts has shown a tendency to moderate his opinions between ideological lines and has openly challenged Trump’s disdain for the courts. Roberts may decide that the court, in light of the cowardice of the Legislature, is the wall (pun intended) that stands between the aspiring tyrant and regular order.

Kenneth R. England

Albany (Feb. 18)

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