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Even Liz Cheney Is Calling Trump Out for Claiming the President Has 'Total' Authority But People Are Not Having It

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President Donald Trump's Monday press briefing regarding the global pandemic was nothing short of unhinged.

The President played a propaganda video designed to rewrite the history of his bungled response to the pandemic before bickering with reporters.


Another chilling moment came when Trump revealed just how broad he thinks his powers as President are—and just how little he knows about the Constitution he swore to uphold.

The President has begun asserting that he has the complete authority to reopen the economy and scale back stay at home orders designed to curb the virus.

The problem? He doesn't.

These orders were implemented by governors and local leaders, and Trump is powerless to revoke them according to the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

At the press briefing, Trump insisted that was untrue.

Watch below.

Trump said:

"When you say my authority, the President's authority, not mine, because it's not me. When somebody is the President of the United States, the authority is total. And that's the way it's gotta be. It's total. And the governors know that."

Up until now, the President has said states were on their own in handling the pandemic, and that they should only rely upon the federal government as a backup. Now that he's eager to reopen the economy despite the potential human toll, he claims to have total power.

The President's claim was disturbing to many—even Republican Congresswoman from Wyoming, Liz Cheney, who is one of the President's most vocal defenders.

Cheney cited the 10th Amendment in a tweet subtly rebuking Trump's claim.

That rebuke, however, rang hollow.

Cheney has enabled Trump's slide into totalitarianism nearly every step of the way.




Cheney voted and railed against Trump's impeachment before he was acquitted by the Republican Senate, a fact that people wasted no time reminding her of.



Cheney wouldn't even call him out by name.




Way to go, Liz.