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Trump’s coup isn’t in Caracas, it’s in Washington

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Commentary. Indeed, if the emergency declaration ends up being overturned, this will be in great part thanks to the efforts of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro.

written by Guido Moltedo

Topic U.S. Politics

Also filed under commentary

February 17, 2019

Caracas is not the only place where Trump is orchestrating a coup. In fact, he is attempting one in Washington as we speak.

Is “coup” too strong a word? Perhaps, to some extent. But it is too close for comfort. It’s enough to read The New York Times editorial commenting on the president’s decision to declare a national emergency, a step of unprecedented severity because it “constitutes a reordering of the power dynamic between the branches of government,” and “aims to usurp one of Congress’s most basic responsibilities, the power of the purse,” a “power grab” that should alarm lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

In the US, the political and decision-making role of the president has been expanding over the past decades, and, in parallel, many have been sounding the alarm more and more about the development of an “imperial presidency.” This tendency is also tied to the increasingly casual abuse of presidential executive orders........

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