Email #63 , Subject: executive orders

In his first two weeks in office, the President has signed 22 executive orders. Presidents Bush and Clinton signed fewer than a third as many, but President Obama signed even more—something Donald Trump criticized in 2012 when he tweeted: “Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority?” That is my question for President Trump, especially when his executive orders have caused so much upheaval in the courts and civil protests.

Why are you watching these major power grabs of authority while doing nothing about them? You promised on November 9th that you would “check executive overreach.” I presumed you meant President Trump’s overreach, but is it possible that you were so surprised by the President’s election that you neglected to update your victory statement? Did you only include checking executive overreach in your list of six top priorities because you expected Hillary Clinton to be in the White House? While that would be both embarrassing and hypocritical of you, I have no other way of understanding your statement since your behavior consistently contradicts it.

Could you please issue a new statement updating and clarifying your position on executive overreach in light of President Trump’s first weeks in office?

Chris Gavaler


Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University where he teaches creative writing, contemporary fiction, and comics. He has published two novels, Pretend I'm Not Here (HarperCollins 2002) and School For Tricksters (Southern Methodist University 2011), and two nonfictions, On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa University 2015) and Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury forthcoming 2017).

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