Stupid Party

House Republicans Already Planning to Sue Their Own Presidential Nominee

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In the unlikely event that Donald Trump wins and becomes the next president of the United States, how will House Republicans stop him from being the authoritarian he promises to be?

The easiest way to stop Trump would be to drop their support for him in favor of a more reasonable alternative, but House Republicans aren't reasonable.

Given that repealing Obamacare is far more important to Speaker Ryan than preventing a fascist from rising to power, Ryan's backup plan is to sue President Trump.

“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan said.

It’s unclear, however, if Ryan thinks Trump enacting a ban on Muslims entering the country would actually exceed presidential powers. “That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about,” Ryan said, pointing to the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.

As others have already pointed out, Ryan's plan to sue President Trump if he goes too far would probably be doomed before it even starts for the same reasons that states cannot block the Obama administration from resettling Muslim refugees right now. Matters of immigration are at the sole discretion of the executive branch.

I am skeptical that congressional Republicans would not give Donald Trump everything he wants or that they would actually file a lawsuit challenging his abuse of executive power. At no point did they challenge the Bush administration's abuse of executive power. On the contrary, they accused critics of being traitors.

In any event, explaining to voters that you will protect them from your own presidential nominee by suing him before he has even been elected seems like a really bad look to me.

  • muselet

    More proof, if such were needed, that Paul Ryan is useless.


  • Georgie

    Are they able to do any kind of governing without involving courts?

    • Christopher Foxx

      Your question is three words too long.

      • Georgie


  • ninjaf

    How childish can they be? Seriously. You think these people have gotten as ridiculous as they can and then they pull out the whiny baby “I’m gonna tell the Judicial branch on you!” card, instead of acting seriously about preventing this guy from ever gaining power.

    If anyone had any doubt if it was party over country for these asshats, things should be crystal clear for them now.

    • Badgerite

      What’s more, in any given situation where they would take him to court for exceeding the constitutionally recognized power of the executive, what makes them think that the Orange Blob would necessarily abide by the decision of the court. He would just launch into a tirade about “Mexican judges” and throw the country into a constitutional crisis by ordering the military, (President ‘They Have To Do What I Say would be the Commander-in-Chief of he military – don’t think that wouldn’t inflate that orange head beyond the size of the solar system) to surround the Supreme Court and maybe the Congress. He hasn’t shown much regard for anything about this country. Certainly not its laws.