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 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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