The strict constitutionalist
Trump in his meeting today with the House GOP caucus:
Another Republican in the meeting who declined to go on the record so he could speak candidly told TPM that Trump was asked pointedly if he would defend Article I of the Constitution.
"Not only will I stand up for Article One," Trump enthusiastically stated, according to the member in the room. "I'll stand up for Article Two, Article 12, you name it of the Constitution."
The Republican member said that Trump's lack of knowledge about how many articles exist, gave him "a little pause." (The Constitution has seven articles and 27 amendments.)
"There wasn't a lot of substance, and I think at some point we got to get to substance in the most significant political position in the world," the member said.
Blake Farenthold (R-TX) dismissed the flub as little more than a small error.
"He was just listing out numbers," Farenthold said. "I think he was confusing Articles and Amendments. Remember, this guy doesn't speak from a TelePrompter. He speaks from the heart."
Right. The president can't be expected to know the constitutional mumbo jumbo, especially the Article that confers all legislative powers to the congress. Why should he? He clearly has no intention of following such a ridiculous edict.