Utica Prof: No Constitutional Crisis for Trump, But It’s Close
President Trump's administration is not in the midst of a constitutional crisis; "but, it's close," according to Utica College Professor Luke Perry. Perry's comments on WIBX's Keeler Show come amid accusations made in a New York Times Op-Ed on Wednesday by a reported Trump senior White House official, claiming there's an entire circle of senior administration officials who "are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations." The essay, published in rare form by the NY Times to protect the author's anonymity, went on to say, "we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic."
Not a Constitutional Crisis?
Perry said that he feels the President is still in power, which in his opinion is key in order to reach the level of constitutional crisis mode; however, if "competing factions within his own administration...are trying to move the country in a different direction," that would be problematic. "That type of dynamic is something you typically see in less stable political systems and generally is not a good thing."
Perry, who has offered extensive coverage on the 22nd Congressional race with his column, NY-22 Minute, said he doesn't believe this latest controversy for President Trump will have any affect on mid-terms. Recent polls show Anthony Brindisi in a 2-point lead in the race for the NY-22 seat.
Listen to Perry's complete interview below:
Luke Perry is a tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and Politics at Utica College. Perry was a graduate fellow at the University of Massachusetts where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science with expertise in American politics and comparative politics. A Fulbright Scholar, Perry has lectured at universities throughout Europe and worked with various organizations, including the Junior Statesmen of America, the Kellogg Foundation, the U.S. Peace Corps, and The Washington Center. Perry’s current research focuses on U.S. elections, the presidency, and religion and politics. He writes regularly about the nationally significant 2018 midterm race in NY-22 in his column NY-22 Minute.