Email #36, Subject: If Donald Trump violates the Constitution

Nine of the twelve presidents since World War II put their assets in a blind trust to assure voters that they would not be influenced by their financial interests. So why hasn’t President-elect Trump? The comparative enormity of his assets means a blind trust is more vital for him than for any of his predecessors. The Constitution states that no U.S. officeholder shall “accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” There is no more important officeholder than the president, and yet the President-elect has made statements flouting this Constitutional requirement. As Chair of House Judiciary Committee, you shoulder major responsibility—including consideration of impeachment charges. Again I must ask you: if President Trump violates the Constitution, are you prepared to place loyalty to your nation ahead of your loyalty to your political party?

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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