VIRTUAL EVENT: Is the President Trumping Constitutional Norms?

Event The Constitution
Event The Constitution

August 3, 2020 VIRTUAL EVENT: Is the President Trumping Constitutional Norms?

Co-hosted by The Federalist Society

Monday, Aug 3, 2020

11:00 am - 12:00 pm



John C. Yoo

Author of "Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power" and Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

David B. Rivkin, Jr.

Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP


Since taking office, President Trump has been derided by the mainstream media and his critics as running roughshod over constitutional norms, fueling the conviction of liberals and some moderate conservatives that the 45th President poses an ongoing threat to the Constitution. In Defender in Chief, constitutional scholar John Yoo argues that Trump’s adversaries have things exactly backwards. Far from considering Trump an inherent danger to our nation's founding principles, Yoo contends that the Framers would have seen Trump as restoring their vision of presidential power. It is instead liberal opponents who would overthrow existing constitutional norms in order to unseat Trump, thereby inflicting permanent damage on the presidency.

Join us for a lively and timely discussion on presidential power and constitutional norms in the Trump era, with the book’s author, John Yoo, and well-known legal scholar David Rivkin.

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