When Donald Trump addressed high school students at Turning Point USA’s conservative summit on Tuesday, he said something that should make any teacher’s head spin. Trump already raised eyebrows a couple of weeks ago when he told reporters that Article II of the U.S. Constitution “gives me all of these rights at a level that nobody has ever seen before.” But this time, Trump went completely off the rails as he proclaimed to students that Article II gives him “the right to do whatever I want.” In other words, as President Nixon told David Frost in a 1977 interview, “When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
Trump brought up Article II in anticipation of the next day’s Mueller hearings, which weighed heavily on his lizard brain. Trump wants us to think the Constitution makes it impossible for him to face criminal exposure relating to collusion or obstruction. In the meantime, Trump is also ignoring the inconvenient fact that much of the wrongdoing took place on the campaign trail, before Trump became the despot that the Founding Fathers supposedly wanted him to be.
If you think that such a false and alarming statement by the President of the United States doesn’t deserve to be dignified with the backdrop of the presidential seal, then you can take comfort in knowing that it kind of wasn’t. When Trump took the stage, two presidential seals appeared to be displayed on the screen behind him. A flashing overlay of Trump’s name, as well as Trump himself, managed to block one of the seals.
The other seal, which appeared unobstructed at Trump’s right, was far more problematic for him. Although it seemed to be the presidential seal, there were three curious differences, as noted by the Washington Post. First, the eagle had two heads instead of one, resembling the bird on the Russian coat of arms. Second, the eagle was holding a bunch of golf clubs instead of a bundle of arrows. Finally, there’s the banner. Rather than bearing the Latin phrase “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” it included the Spanish words “45 ES UN TITERE.” This means that although Trump claims he has the right to do whatever he wants, the truth is that “45 IS A PUPPET.”