Trump Used To Hate Executive Orders Before He Loved Them

By on October 13, 2017

Hypocrisy isn’t an uncommon feature of American politics, and it’s present within both conservatism and liberalism. But Republican President Donald Trump seems to be making it into an artform.

Consider the executive orders he’s made. This week, Trump issued an order that will create even more problems for the Affordable Care Act. His administration also signaled it will not issue any cost sharing payments to help the healthcare marketplace, putting doubts into how well the plan will work in the months and years ahead.

Trump’s made no secret about how he intends to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. His latest executive order proves he will use any means necessary in order to derail a healthcare plan that once bore former President Barack Obama’s name.

It’s also indicative of just how hypocritical this president is. Trump, on more than one occasion, derided Obama for using the executive order to carry out policies. Proving that there really is a tweet for every occasion, Trump in 2012 called executive orders a “power grab.”

During his campaign for president, Trump again criticized Obama for issuing such orders. “That’s the way the system is supposed to work,” he said late in 2015.

Now that he’s president, it’s different, of course. Trump has issued a barrage of executive orders. In terms of his time in office, his current pace of issuing these orders is set to surpass every president before him for the past 36 years. And as of today, compared to his immediate predecessor, Trump is on pace to issue almost two executive orders for every one that Obama issued.

This is not to say that Trump doesn’t have the authority, at times, to issue such orders. Criticism of what he just undid aside, Trump is within his legal authority to make decrees as president, presuming they do not present questions of constitutionality.

What’s interesting, however, is that a political party and their leader, who once scoffed at and denounced the very use of executive orders as improper, are now comfortable with and even celebratory about a higher rate of executive orders coming out of this administration.

This is the primary value of today’s Republican Party, and that is that there are no values. The means to an end doesn’t matter to them any longer. Once a promoter of religious faith, they selected a candidate who embodied ideals that opposed the positive aspects of that movement. Once against taxing the middle class, they offer a proposal that raises taxes on that income bracket. And once diametrically opposed to executive orders, they now throw them out like hotcakes at a breakfast diner.

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