This morning’s Intelligencer editorial, “Trump Abiding By The Oath He Took,” clearly demonstrates the extent to which the Wheeling “newspapers” will go to defend the Trump administration. According to the editorial, yesterday’s action by Trump (actually AG Jeff Sessions standing in for the President) was not about fulfilling his campaign promise to his base. No, he was upholding the law and the Constitution:
But that is not the point of what Trump did this week, in announcing he will halt the program in six months. That, he emphasized, gives Congress time to enact a replacement constitutionally, should lawmakers choose.
Perhaps they should. But Trump, in placing that burden on their shoulders, is merely abiding by his oath to obey the Constitution.
Yes, more hypocrisy on executive orders from the Intelligencer. Here is Patricia Murphy, writing in Roll Call, earlier today:
Is the president really just standing up for Congress’ right to decide which groups of people can come and go from the country? That certainly wasn’t his position earlier this year when he announced his “Muslim ban” to restrict the travel into the United States by anyone from a list of seven, then six, Muslim-majority countries.
It’s also hard to believe that Trump wanted to defer to Congress’ will when he signed an executive order authorizing the construction of a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico or on the array of controversial topics that the president has tackled, but Congress has not. Those include Trump’s executive order “to begin to ease the burdens of Obamacare,” which Congress put in place six years earlier and never rescinded.
For eight years, local editorials (and Myer columns) regularly criticized President Obama for his use of executive orders. Trump has demonstrated in just eight months that he is even more of an “imperial president” but our local papers have said nothing. And if you think that the motives for Trump’s actions are not about feeding his base but rather about demonstrating his oath to uphold the law and Constitution, I have bridges in Benwood and Aetnaville I can sell you for a very reasonable price.