Email #8, Subject: checking executive overreach

You said “checking executive overreach” was one of your six priorities after you got reelected. I understand how that’s a useful slogan while there’s a Democrat in the White House, but was it just talk?  I’m scared of Donald Trump. Many of the things he’s promised to do would require massive executive overreach, so say nothing of the overt conflicts of interests that his businesses create. Are you really going to “fight” to check him, or does that only matter when the overreach is by a Democratic president? I’m so tired of politicians mouthing empty words. Is that all you’re doing, or will you actually do what you say? Where do you draw the line with Trump? Define “overreach” so we can know exactly what you mean and can see you live by it.

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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