Confronting Trump: We Can’t Be Outraged About Everything, All of the Time

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Media Outlet: Just Security

Joshua Geltzer wrote for Just Security  on the need to not be outraged by everything President Trump does, all the time:

But we simply can’t be outraged about everything, all of the time—even and perhaps especially in the era of Trump.  It’s not healthy, and more importantly it can be counterproductive by drowning out the really big concerns with the picayune ones.  Using severability clauses in executive orders faster than his predecessor did isn’t inherently suspicious, and frankly it doesn’t mean, as the USA Today story suggests, that Trump somehow thinks his executive orders are doomed once challenged in court.  Instead, it just seems like the increased–and not even unprecedented–importation of a standard practice from statutes and contracts to executive orders.  It’s sensible, not desperate, legal craftsmanship.  Such legal devices do not rock the separation of powers; they engage it.


Joshua Geltzer is an ASU Future of War Fellow at New America. He is writing a book exploring challenges associated with modern communications technologies such as social media platforms, file-upload sites, and internet search engines.