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Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power

Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power

by John Yoo
Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power

Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power

by John Yoo


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In Defender in Chief, celebrated constitutional scholar John Yoo makes a provocative case against Donald Trump's alleged disruption of constitutional rules and norms.

Donald Trump isn't shredding the Constitution—he's its greatest defender.

Ask any liberal—and many moderate conservatives—and they'll tell you that Donald Trump is a threat to the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. Mainstream media outlets have reported fresh examples of alleged executive overreach or authoritarian White House decisions nearly every day of his presidency. In the 2020 primaries, the candidates have rushed to accuse Trump of destroying our democracy and jeopardizing our nation's very existence.

Yoo argues that this charge has things exactly backwards. Far from considering Trump an inherent threat to our nation's founding principles, Yoo convincingly argues that Washington, Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton would have seen Trump as returning to their vision of presidential power, even at his most controversial. It is instead liberal opponents who would overthrow existing constitutional understanding in order to unseat Trump, but in getting their man would inflict permanent damage on the office of the presidency, the most important office in our constitutional system and the world.

This provocative and engaging work is a compelling defense of an embattled president's ideas and actions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250269577
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2020
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,146,442
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

JOHN YOO is one of America's best-known conservative constitutional scholars. He is currently the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he served as an official in the U.S. Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration, general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. He has written several books on American foreign policy and the power of the executive branch—including The Powers of War and Peace and Crisis and Command—and is a frequent guest on television programs.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: “You’re Hired!”: Trump and the Electoral College
Chapter 2: “The End of My Presidency”: Trump and Enforcing the Law
Chapter 3: “I Need Loyalty!”: Trump and the Revolt of the Bureaucracy
Chapter 4: Draining the Swamp: The President’s Power to Reverse
Chapter 5: “We Have to Have Borders”: Trump and Immigration
Chapter 6: America First: Trump and Foreign Policy
Chapter 7: Fire and Fury: Trump at War
Chapter 8: “See You in the Supreme Court”: The Trump Judiciary
Chapter 9: “You’re Fired!”: Impeaching the President

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