Trump Declares Himself Above the Constitution: A Closer Look
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Trump Declares Himself Above the Constitution: A Closer Look

-The White House is now
threatening to obstruct the impeachment inquiry and refusing to cooperate
with subpoenas. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” ♪♪ As a candidate for president, Trump echoed years of
empty Republican rhetoric about the sanctity
of our Constitution and claimed that he wanted
to restore the values enshrined by the founding fathers,
although, as always, it was clear that he had no idea
what he was talking about. -It’s all about the Constitution
of — of — And — And so important. The Constitution
the way it was meant to be. The mainstream media wants to surrender
our Constitution. I feel very strongly
about our Constitution. I’m proud of it. I love it. And I want to go through
the Constitution — That’s what we want to do. I mean, we want to bring
the Constitution back. -What — What do you mean,
bring it back? It didn’t go anywhere. He talks about the Constitution like it’s a college student
who took a gap year and now wants to stay
in Barcelona because it met someone. “Come back, Constitution. Katarina is only
gonna break your heart.” Now, the impeachment inquiry
currently happening in the House isn’t just an investigation
of President Trump’s many corrupt abuses of power. It’s also a test of our system
in which Congress is supposed to be a co-equal
branch of the government. And yesterday,
the Trump administration did its best
to undermine that system by declaring itself
above the law. -President Trump continuing
to stonewall House Democrats in their investigation efforts. The White House
sending a scathing letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
and House committees refusing to cooperate,
calling the impeachment inquiry illegitimate and
unconstitutional. -That’s right. Trump is
literally calling impeachment, a process which is laid out
in the Constitution, unconstitutional. He’s going to be so shocked if he ever reads
the Constitution one day. “Let’s see here. Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, boy! [ Cheers and applause ] High crimes AND misdemeanors? I did both of those
this morning. Oh, there better not be anything
in here about golf. Oh, no!” This idea that impeachment
is somehow unconstitutional is an insane theory
that has been percolating on the right
for a few weeks now. Over the weekend, for example,
a Fox News guest suggested that Senate Majority Leader
Mitch McConnell should actually change the rules to, in his words,
protect the Constitution. -If I were the Senate
majority leader, I’d tell the House,
“This is dead on arrival. We’re changing the rules,
and we’re not going to follow up with an impeachment trial here. We’re not required to
under the Constitution. -But good ol’ Mitch McConnell
is all, “Yeah, yeah, they do. We’re gonna have to listen
to it. We’ll have a trial.” I mean, what’s up with that?! -Well, that’s —
Those are the current rules. They could change the rules
to protect the Constitution. -They literally want
to change the rules because they’re losing. It’s like if the Jets
were down 45-0 at halftime and said,
“We want to change the rules to let running backs have SUVs.” Also, you really —
you really got to respect Jeanine Pirro’s
hard-hitting question there. -What’s up with that?! -She’s like — She’s like an angry Fox News
version of Jerry Seinfeld. [as Seinfeld] “You ever notice
how the Constitution allows Congress to remove
a corrupt president? What’s the deal with that?!” [ “Seinfeld” bumper music
plays ] [ Cheers and applause ] Now, not only is this argument a threat to the very foundations
of democracy, it’s also incredibly dumb,
which, of course, undercuts the image Trump and his aides
love to project, that he’s some sort of
political mastermind who’s a genius
at manipulating the press. For example, here’s what
one senior Trump official had to say last week
about the President testing out different arguments to defend
himself against impeachment. That, for real, sounds like
a sixth-grade prank designed to get Trump to say the words
“I’m a master baker.” [ Laughter ] “Who? Me?
Are you guys talking about me? Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah.
I’m a big-time master baker. Sometimes twice in one day.” So, now Trump,
the monster baker, has settled on a strategy
of basically declaring himself above the Constitution,
and that’s because Trump is fundamentally
a thuggish authoritarian who thinks he can do
whatever he wants and even uses the language
of authoritarians whenever he talks about
his powers as president, whether it’s declaring
a national emergency
to build a border wall or asking foreign governments
to interfere in our elections. -He told “The New York Times”
tonight… “I have the absolute right
to do what I want to do with the Justice Department.” -I have the absolute right to
declare a national emergency. -I have an absolute right
to call national security. We need strong borders. -I do have an absolute right
to pardon myself. -No, you do not have
the absolute right to do whatever you want. Trump just likes
to say stuff like this because he loves stroking his
ego to make himself feel better. You know, he’s a master baker. So, where exactly
does Trump think he gets all these
magical powers from? Well, he keeps saying article II
of the Constitution, which outlines
the powers of the presidency, gives him license
to do whatever he wants. -Article II allows me
to do whatever I want. Then I have an Article II where I have the right to do
whatever I want as president, but I don’t even talk
about that. -Nobody ever mentions
Article II. It gives me all of these rights at a level that nobody
has ever seen before. We don’t even talk
about Article II. -Okay.
First of all, that’s wrong. Second, what do you mean,
no one ever talks about it? It’s the Constitution. He talks about
our nation’s founding document like it’s an underrated TV show. “Nobody ever talks
about Schitt’s Creek. You guys got to see it. It’s got some of
Catherine O’Hara’s best work.” Of course, we know that Trump
has never had even a hint of intellectual curiosity
about what the Constitution actually says when it comes to the powers of the president
or Congress. In fact, one of his former
aides, Sam Nunberg, once told a journalist
that it was his job during the campaign to educate
Trump on the Constitution but that he didn’t get very far before Trump stopped
paying attention. And I believe this story
because Trump always makes it very obvious when he’s bored. Just watch him
whenever he’s in a meeting and someone else is speaking.
He looks straight down and literally hugs himself
for comfort. “It’s okay. It’s okay. Soon the bad man who’s not you
will stop talking.” In fact, you can see the result of Trump’s nonexistent
attention span when he tries to repeat
details of stories that got dumped into
the polluted river of his brain and warped by all
that toxic sludge that’s just sloshing around
in there — like when he told a story on
Monday about a military briefing that made absolutely
no sense whatsoever. -When I took over our military,
we didn’t have ammunition. I was told by a top general,
maybe the top of them all. “Sir, I’m sorry, sir.
We don’t have ammunition.” I said I’ll never let
another president have that happen to him or her. We didn’t have ammunition. -Now, that was vaguely based
on something real. In early 2017, the military reportedly was worried
about a shortage of bombs, so sort of in the neighborhood
but not really close. The story got warped so badly
in Trump’s rotting brain that it turned into
an incoherent rant about a top general,
maybe the top of them all, coming to him and saying,
“We have no ammunition.” Like, first of all,
what do you mean he was a top general,
maybe the top of them all? He was either a top general
or he wasn’t. In the military,
there’s no gray area about who’s at the top. You don’t have to google it. “Well, according to TripAdvisor,
he’s number one, but Yelp says
he’s only three stars.” Second, can we hear — [ Cheers and applause ] Can we hear what this top
general supposedly said again? -“Sir, I’m sorry, sir.
We don’t have ammunition.” -That is not how generals talk.
He might have said, “Sir, we are currently experiencing
a shortage of ordinance.” But this dummy over here heard, “Sir, we don’t have
bullets, sir. We’ve been throwing kitchen
supplies at the enemy, sir. We got one guy out there running
around with a food processor. Sir, he hasn’t killed anyone, but he’s becoming
a real master baker.” [ Laughter ] So it’s not a surprise — It’s not a surprise that this is
the same self-obsessed idiot who thinks impeachment
is unconstitutional and insists he has the absolute
right to do whatever he wants. And now he’s
actively obstructing the impeachment inquiry. For example, yesterday, the White House blocked a key
player in the Ukraine scandal, an ambassador named Gordon
Sondland, from testifying. Now, Sondland came
to prominence last week after a series of damning new
text messages was released in which State Department
officials expressed concern to Sondland
about the quid pro quo Trump was dangling with Ukraine. Sondland was one of
the key players involved in that quid pro quo, and at one point
during the text exchanges, he realized
he should not be texting about this scandal at all. -On September 1st, the top
U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, Bill Taylor, texted the
U.S. ambassador to E.U., Gordon Sondland,
and writes this. -Oh, man.
Any time you text someone and they write back, “Call me,”
it is not good. It’s like if you texted
your fiancée, “Can’t wait
to get married tonight,” and they just wrote back,
“Call me,” you’d better find out if that
honeymoon sweet is refundable. So, naturally, the Democrats
want to interview Sondland as part of
the impeachment inquiry, but Trump is simultaneously
blocking Sondland from testifying
while also claiming that he would love
to let Sondland testify. -On Twitter,
the President insisted he would love to send
Ambassador Sondland to testify, but, unfortunately,
he would be testifying before a totally compromised
kangaroo court. -I’m sorry. You’re calling them
a kangaroo court? You’re the one who literally
puffs out your chest like you’re defending
your territory. Fundamentally, what Trump’s
behavior proves once again is that all those years
of empty Republican rhetoric about respecting the
Constitution were a fraud. Republicans are falling in line
behind a guy who’s declaring himself
above the Constitution and claiming absolute powers
to do whatever he wants. We’ve had corrupt, lawless
presidents before, but Trump is the top. -Maybe the top of them all. -This has been “A Closer Look.” [ Cheers and applause ]

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100 thoughts on “Trump Declares Himself Above the Constitution: A Closer Look

  1. hey Seth and NBC – please don't put the orange horror/mussolini next to Seth — it is so disturbing to see that hideous face in our faces while we're watching our wonderful Seth – thank you!

  2. How is Hilary and Biden innocent of corruption. There just as bad as Trump! If not worse cause there just smoother at it. Let us not forget why Trump got in the white house.

  3. artical 2 Section 4

    The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

  4. He has no class and is as coarse as gravel. We have a loser "leading" this country. Someone explain to me how he supports our military. Trump is completely self- absorbed. No one else matters in any way.

  5. They've already proven that democrats have done this impeachment inquiry illegally so yes its illegitimate and why would anyone want to surrender to illegitimacy.

  6. Furthermore democrats are nothing more than pissed that they lost the presidential election. I guess it would be legitimate for me to make up serious accusations and called them true.

  7. McConnell isn't known for being consistent in regards to "rules" or "precedents," so please don't give him ideas. He very well MAY say that the rules don't apply for some reason, until it's a democrat in office.

  8. Nobody has a absolute right to anything but justice. You have a right to speech in a courtroom but not until the judge says so.

  9. Nadler forgoes legal precedent and does it unilaterally. Effectively hijacking the Constitution to fit his agenda.
    Read the transcript. It's nothing like how Schiff portrayed it.
    historical legal precedent (due process) requires a House vote on Articles of Impeachment, before having any Impeachment Hearings.

    The whistleblowers are confirming Schiffs "4 Pinocchio" lies.

  10. Nadler forgoes legal precedent and does it unilaterally. Effectively hijacking the Constitution to fit his agenda.
    Read the transcript. It's nothing like how Schiff portrayed it.
    historical legal precedent (due process) requires a House vote on Articles of Impeachment, before having any Impeachment Hearings.

    The whistleblowers are confirming Schiffs "4 Pinocchio" lies.

  11. The filthy desperate democrats are running a "hail mary" . They know that President Donald Trump will be reelected in 2020, and that the chances are VERY good they will loose the House.
    The incompetence of the Democrats and their blatant corruption that is systemic throughout their party is burying them in a sewer of their own making. The latest attempt is a sad joke from a party that are little more than parasites.

  12. Jeanine Piero is disturbing. She will at some point, write some bat spit crazy story about her time at Fox. How it wasnt real. How she had to. Or it was a troll

  13. Did anyone hear how he implied that Congress can't be unconstitutional in its application of a constitutional act? His whole basis for the segment is that since impeachment is in the constitution it's automatically constitutional.

    So whenever and however it's used it can't be unconstitutional? What's remarkable is that people don't pick up on this. I hear the president (who I didn't vote for) say stupid things and sometimes it's obvious he's trolling the media hard and sometimes im like grow up a bit more. But this is ridiculous and obviously BS just like the fake Syria video on oct 13th.

  14. He can think he’s above the constitution all he wants, he’s completely oblivious and couldn’t be further removed from reality, there aren’t words to explain

  15. "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common [defense], promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Who are the People in this context of the 1780s, and did they change the definition of general Welfare from generically being happy around the nation to giving money to people who play hooky from contribution to have more time to scheme? Revelation Chapter 6 Verse 6, redacted. "A day's wages for a ration of wheat, and a day's wages for three rations of barley, and do not harm the oil and the wine." It refers to satanists lying about quality of labor and effort to be more secretive about their thieving.

  16. Does the pyramid and Latin phrase "ANNUIT CŒPTIS" on our money refer to the annual commencement of drug rapists on our college campuses…every…single…year?

  17. Trump is trying to pull a Nixon, and we all know just how well that worked out.
    Trump already humped the American flag, will he hump the Constitution next?



  20. Who are the morons that stand behind the president (not necessarily Trump, any president) during press conferences and just kinda look bored.

  21. where was seth meyers when obama openly violated the constitution by forcing shitty healthcare on everyone? oh right, its only ok if the left does it.

  22. Funny how the Dems want to change the constitution… CLINTONITES forget that!  WE WILL KAG 2020!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. We are all above the Fakery that the House is floating instead of the actual Constitution. Sorry your Mommy didn't get to see Stalin-in-a-skirt get cheated into office Sethy. No….he called the impeachment INQUIRY (an unconstitutional pile of garbage substituted for an actual impeachment by the TDS haters who know they have nothing) unlawful and unconstitutional….not actual Impeachment. Even you must know this Seth….so that makes you Goebbels-light. 😥

  24. The fact that you Sethy have to lie (and that Schiff has to lie and change rules) just to try to irrationally propagandize people up into a rabid froth of hate shows that this is just the butthurt Dems and establishment Bullwinkles trying again to pull another rabbit out if the hat.

  25. forget impeachment… lynch the whole corrupt bunch and save ten's if not hundred's of millions….
    BTW this crook is planning to put another TRILLION bucks on the country's credit card giving tax breaks to the needy and poor bilionaires that supprt him with contributions… that is the MOST CORRUPT THING ABOUT MODERN AMERICA… THE DELUSION OF DEMOCRACY… BY THE RICH,FOR THE RICH, BY THE RICH… AND THE POOR GET POORER… AND ARE GIVEN A DREAM… TURNING INTO A NIGHTMARE SOON !!!

  26. Trump is following Constitution exactly. House dems have completely rewritten their powers. If they win the presidency in 2020 they will put in another dictator like Obama and he will rule for his lifetime

  27. Ironic because don't believe in the constitution. They don't believe in 1) due process 2) gun rights 3) electoral college 4) state rights 5) freedom of speech for conservatives 6) right privacy with legal warrants for search and listening in

  28. You know what? Forget impeachment. How about this: if Trump can pass a high school US government class final exam, he can stay as president.

  29. give it up your TV show sucks .anyway Politics isn't funny I guess your show isn't either. I wish comedians would learn that it would be nice to hear funny light things and no more politics. People know that you guys in Hollywood live a very sheltered idiotic no morals scummy lifestyle you're the last one that I would be listening to for my political advice.

  30. America fighting upstream to regain its integry, battling not only GOP swampthings but Mother Russia and Chinese hacking of media. That hacking with false info fed hook, line and sinker to Trump's followers, is another battle.

  31. Oh I thought this was a new one, why does Seth seem to have so many reruns, I find him and Colbert both are off alot..and I need my dose of both every night. lol

  32. These quotes are taken out of context, when he says that the impeachment inquiry is unconstitutional he means the reasons for the impeachment Inquiry, not that it is unconstitutional to impeach a president.

  33. But good try though with making a reasonable argument. Next time sticking with the Trump impressions would be the best for you.

  34. Here is the big secret. Even the most avid Trump supporter knows how he is a complete idiot. They know it like they know their name. His kids, his wife , his friends, his supporters, they all know. They would never say it to his face but this is why he is such a huge narcissist. It’s because every day he looks in the mirror and hates what he sees. His narcissism is his way of suppressing his greatest fear. The fear that he is a complete loser. No matter what he accomplishes he will always be a loser in his own mind. To ever show any bit of what he actually feels would be letting someone into his fragile world full of self loathing and his failures as a father, a husband, a son, and as a man.

  35. No, I'm a democrat and see just the opposite. I've have seen them ride
    this guy until I was like "Yo this is on purpose? Every chance they get they
    want to blame this dude for this or that, I saw it for myself and was really shocked!
    They want the guns out of the hands of its law abiding citizens. Trump doesn't believe that as
    far as I know does he? He wants to make sure that not just any and everyone can get into the country
    illegally. What's so wrong with that? I mean I feel for them I really do, but let's be reasonable here, we can't just
    let everybody in. I know innocent men women and children are stuck in the middle and that's what so sad, but we gotta
    have enough for our own. There are many other things that sound right to me coming from him and people are
    just …blind to it? I'm gona have to rethink the Party I belong too lol! Or just not vote at all how about that. They're all liars
    anyway. I bet they all have lunch together when the camera's are off, so why should I even care? The whole thing is confusing!

  36. It was reported that during a security briefing, he got up and walked down the hall, just sat down to watch fox, as if they weren't talking to him and it didn't concern him. Scary like dementia.

  37. Trump talks about "bringing back the Constitution" and Article 2 because he hasn't actually read the Constitution and is hedging his bet that most average Americans haven't read the Constitution either. And he's right in that regard, because most people haven't read the Constitution and only likely know the 1st and 2nd Amendments because those are the two that come up the most in the news. Good luck getting a correct answer if you stop anyone on the street and ask them to even tell you what the 13th Amendment is. And knowing this, Trump just blurts out abbreviated elements of the Constitution that seem to benefit him or downright falsehoods about it, knowing that most people will just assume he's right and not bother to actually check the Constitution.

  38. so what you dont like trump … no one that matters cares what you think about him … you actually dont matter … and if you think you do , well that is a problem … your problem … and do you think trump cares what you think? …. he is playing a game with you … and he has already and always will win … when you think he is bothered , thats cause he wants you to … if he is silent , he is going to put together a plan to beat you … either way , you will only make him stronger …. a concept pea brains dont understand and never will …. you operate on emotions . wild out of control hysterical emotions , the downfall of gays and lesbians is their uncontrollable emotions …… as with haters and racists …. so there are only a certain group that is in control of everything you do … and they know how to make you dance like a puppet til you self destruct …. you really dont matter even if you think you do …. ya dont!

  39. The 2nd amendment is infringed upon and leftists are trying to undermine the 1st amendment because people are offended that they want their preferred method of genital rubbing (sexual orientation) protected over religion and also pass redflag laws that undermine due process and property seizures clauses

  40. But he hasn’t banned assault rifles. Isn’t that what the constitution is about? The right of misanthropic young white men to have the possibility of taking out their sexual frustrations on others with military grade weapons?

  41. Now, Reveal the Dark Salts in Their Good Nature
    I don't need your noble class bunions. Schizophrenia is all patternicity and cheap understandings of simile. I don't believe in St. Francis of Assisi and the likes of him gave me schizophrenia. I joined a Fermat Society for the same reasons. They don't study in the universities but they hold all the posts. The dark sciences and books are really a white light and good but they won't reveal them as such. Why are the expensive and vastly important trades going to the criminal classes when metalsmithing is really chemistry? Why is the philosophy not revealed in class when it holds the key to everything? Why are women lied about in their dignity when they only consort with criminals and drugs? The criminals are victims of favoritism and the other side victims of heroism and rejection. Get a life. Put the favoritism where it goes, not with the weak and ignorant men of criminality and casual violence and loss of control. When "we" pull the battery on your battlefields, remember your enemy was all losers like you! Why do losers get the say of the law in the militia and police and not the scholarly and devoted workers? Why do guys like me not get our proper place in society? Why are we all poor and rejected when we supersede the PLANET in scholarship? Why do need figureheads and images everywhere? Why can't I get credentials, money, or get published? Yeah, because your based on money and not scholarship and money required advertising and image. Okay, pull the books… you're going to see the truth of nothing but this. CSL. Also, you can't do DRUGS except for cigarettes and alcohol. I am not f'ing KIDDING. You are corpses and disease-ridden zombies without personalities once you take ONE or a PUFF. They sell you more to get RID of you in DEATH! The plasticity of one requires about 20 years for a rational logic to return. I went through it MYSELF. I'm 45, buddy. This is what 45 really looks like.

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