Day -3: Donald Trump Not Sure What “All Men Are Created Equal” Means
While Donald Trump continues to berate civil rights icon John Lewis (D-GA) for speaking out about Russian interference and the legitimacy of our election, New York Times contributor Deborah Solomon turned up an eight-year old tidbit that further helps us see the psyche of Trump.
Donald Trump finds the phrase “all men are created equal” to be “very confusing” because people are born with different characteristics, such as intelligence or beauty.
Equal rights are a hallmark tenet of the Constitution, and small libraries could be filled solely with interpretation and explanation of the equal protection clauses in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments alone.
However, Trump’s knowledge need not be much beyond the most straightforward: no matter your gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, economic status, marital status, eye color, shoe size, or other characteristic, all individuals are afforded equal protection under the law.
Trump speaks loudly about constitutional principles, but clearly has no idea about the most basic among them.
The man will be responsible for nominating members of the federal judiciary (from Supreme Court justices to appellate judges to district judges) and nominating (and keeping the power to fire) attorneys general. Yet, he doesn’t understand equal protection in the slightest sense of the phrase. (Similarly, his grasp of first amendment principles is akin to someone trying to grab an eel barehanded.)
The Declaration of Independence has the phrase in the first line of the Preamble. In splitting from England, the drafters wanted to immediately outline governmental philosophy.
The man set to lead the nation as the nation’s 45th president doesn’t understand the concept.
-3 days in, 1464 to go
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