Messer: Attempts to delegitimize Trump undermine republic
January 25, 2017
“I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House,” said pop star Madonna in a profanity-laced speech at the Women’s March on Washington last weekend.
Ignoring for a moment that 18 U.S. Code 2385 makes it a felony to “knowingly or willfully” threaten violence against the President of the United States, Madonna’s comments are a new low in our nation’s ever-coarsening public debate.
Since Donald Trump’s election, some Americans have made every effort to delegitimize our new president. These misguided attempts undermine our republic and our electoral process, and fuel divisiveness in our politics. If this trend continues, the damage to our nation could long outlast any damage done to its current leader.
So let’s set the record straight.
Donald Trump is the legitimately elected president of the United States. He won the Electoral College vote, which is the method of selecting our president prescribed in Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution.