When a president attacks due process, democracy itself is at risk

Written by on June 26, 2018

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that immigrants in the U.S. illegally should be summarily deported – which would violate international law and treaties.

President Trump has persistently expressed admiration for the autocrats of the world – from Vladimir Putin, whose agents have been implicated in the murders of political rivals, to Roberto Duterte, whose government has engaged in summary executions of suspected drug users. He’s also assailed the U.S. courts, fired an F.B.I. director over an investigation that threatens his presidency, and found nice things to say about neo-Nazis and racists marching in Charlottesville, Va., last year – one of whom allegedly killed a female protester with his car.

So it’s probably expecting too much to hope that a president with dreams of autocracy would care about due process.

On Sunday morning, as Trump headed for yet another outing at one of his golf courses, he tweeted that immigrants in the U.S. illegally should not receive due process but be summarily deported – which would violate international law and treaties.

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