In between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump took the time to plant a tweet bomb under the First Amendment. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” he twittered.
If it seems a little hasty to start arguing about money before the streets are dry, that’s because, well, we’re talking big money here, and not just disaster money. The thing about today’s religious right is it is really focused on the bottom line—and the First Amendment is starting to look like roadkill on the path to the ultimate payday.…
Reprinted with permission from Creators.
Donald Trump is to conservatism as SpaghettiOs are to Italian food: a distant, crude and almost unrecognizable cousin. But last year, many conservatives who had trouble rationalizing a vote for Donald Trump settled on one decisive reason. Justices appointed by President Hillary Clinton, they said, could not be trusted to faithfully follow the Constitution.
These strict constructionists now find themselves with a president who regards the nation’s founding document as something between an irrelevance and a wad of gum stuck to his shoe. On Wednesday, he uttered statements that would have shocked conservatives had they come from Clinton or Barack Obama but were taken as inconsequential coming from Trump.…