Steven Calabresi, a law professor at Northwestern University who has offered broad defenses to the president in recent years, wrote, “I am frankly saddened by the president’s recent tweet trying to postpone the election of November.Until recently, I was seen as a political hyperbole to Democrats. “An assertion that President Trump is a fascist.”
“But this latest tweet is fascist and is itself a reason for the immediate impeachment of the president again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate,” he said.
It is a significant break from the co-founder of one of the most influential groups in Republican politics. The Federalist Society has emerged as a leading conservative and libertarian voice in recent years, encouraging a limited role for judges in the problems of society.
The group has also worked closely with Republican administrations to influence the choice of judges. Its leaders advised the George W. Bush administration on appointments and, for Trump, became an even closer partner in screening candidates for the bank.
The abrasion estimate comes out an hour after Trump explicitly put off the November election in a tweet where he said without evidence that the contest will be flawed.
“With the Universal Mail-In Voting (not the Absent Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most UNCONTRACTED and FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a big embarrassment for the United States,”; he wrote . “Delay the Election until people can vote properly, safely and securely ???”
Trump has no authority to delay an election, and the Constitution gives Congress the power to set the date for the vote. Lawmakers from both parties said almost immediately that there was no likelihood of delaying the election.
“President Trump needs to be told by every Republican in Congress that he cannot postpone the federal election,” Calabresi wrote. “To do so would be illegal, constitutional, and unprecedented in American history. Anyone who says otherwise should not be re-elected to Congress.”
Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, told CNN when asked about the president’s call to delay the election: “I don’t think it’s a particularly good idea. “
And Majority Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the Republican leadership, told CNN that there will be an election in November despite the President’s tweet.
“I think that’s probably a statement that draws a little attention from the press, but I doubt you’ll have any serious traction,” Thune said. “I think we’ve had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that to be the case again this year.”
Even with dozens of Republicans openly challenging Trump’s tweet, Calabresi’s op-ed stands out as an impressive flaw due to his long history in the GOP. Offering some criticism to the President in the past, Calabresi has gained significant notoriety in recent years for his strong refusals from special attorney Robert Mueller’s investigation as well as for Trump’s impeachment over his behavior. with Ukraine.
CNN’s Annie Grayer, Kevin Liptak and Betsy Klein contributed to this report.