Trump misreads the 10th amendment to the Constitution - thought it said he had governor power
President Donald Trump on Monday proclaimed that his particular reading of the U.S. Constitution gives him the right to ignore states rights, should he see fit.
"For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect........It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons."
Here's what the 10th amendment actually says, verbatim:
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
That's very clear language, and yet somehow Trump thinks it doesn't apply here. Of course, even MAGA Republicans are confused by his statement and finding it hard to back the president on this.
According to the 10th Amendment, lockdowns are a state's rights issue. Trump couldn't end them if he wanted to.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) April 11, 2020
You don't like being in a police state, call your Governor.
Let's be clear: Under no circumstances can Trump force states to re-open the economy earlier than their own respective governors dictate. It's just not possible. If Trump is smart, he'll start listening to what his own supporters are saying and back down.
This also isn't the first time Trump has tried to trample on the 10th amendment and states rights - he has been at war with California laws for years.