Donald trump’s election to the presidency of the United States, and his conduct in office during his first year, have sparked a constitutional crisis. Or so say many commentators.1 But the claim that we are living through a constitutional crisis—or similar claims, such as a president is a “dictator”—is hardly unusual.2 For decades, maybe longer, alleged constitutional crises have popped up every year or so. Is our constitutional order always in crisis, or has overuse of the word drained the meaning out of it? Or does Trump’s presidency create a real crisis, and if...
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