For decades, the Federalist Society has been a devoutly Conservative organization advocating for a textualist perspective on the United States Constitution.
Steven Calabresi, one of its co-founders, is a devout Conservative as well, having voted Republican in every election since 1980, including for President Donald Trump in 2016. Calabresi was a staunch critic of Robert Mueller's investigaton into Russian interference in that election and the Trump campaign's involvement in it.
He also came out forcefully against the impeachment proceedings initiated against Trump.
But after a tweet from the President on Thursday, Calabresi could no longer endorse Trump's actions.
On Thursday morning, Trump floated the idea of delaying the 2020 United States election for the first time in U.S. history.
People were alarmed, because it appeared that Trump—continuing his months-long effort to discredit voting by mail—was making a move to postpone or otherwise undermine the Constitutionally sanctioned election.
Calabresi wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times published later that day, that such a suggestion was grounds for another impeachment, and this time, for Trump's removal:
"...I am frankly appalled by the president's recent tweet seeking to postpone the November election. Until recently, I had taken as political hyperbole the Democrats' assertion that President Trump is a fascist. But this latest tweet is fascistic and is itself grounds for the president's immediate impeachment again by the House of Representatives and his removal from office by the Senate."
He reminded Americans that the United States has held an election in harder times.
"The nation has faced grave challenges before, just as it does today with the spread of the coronavirus. But it has never canceled or delayed a presidential election. Not in 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln was expected to lose and the South looked as if it might defeat the North. Not in 1932 in the depths of the Great Depression. Not in 1944 during World War II."
Calabresi goes on to urge every Republican congressperson to let the President know in no uncertain terms that postponing the election is not an option.
Some speculated that such a vocal departure could indicate a growing lack of faith from Republicans in Trump.
That didn't shield Calabresi from his own accountability for creating the conditions that led to Trump.
Trump has yet to counter the un-endorsement on Twitter.