The presidential oath of office is pretty short — just 35 words. Here's the whole thing:
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
You can watch Chief Justice John Roberts administer the oath to Donald Trump in under a minute.
The Constitution itself is admittedly a bit longer, clocking in at around 4,500 words. But that's no excuse not to read something you swore to "preserve, protect, and defend." You'd have to be an idiot to think you could protect something you can't even identify.
But that seems to be where we're at right now. Months ago and before being kicked to the curb, Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly warned him about the 25th Amendment being a threat to his presidency.
Trump reportedly responded: What's that?
"That" is the amendment that says the vice president and a majority of executive officers — Trump's Cabinet members — can tell Congress he's unfit for office and put the VP in charge.
Don't confuse him with the facts
Granted, the 25th Amendment is near the very bottom of the document — something like 220 tweets deep. Maybe he hadn't gotten around to it at that point. But surely nine months into his presidency he's at least managed to read the First Amendment?
Beyond the ongoing railing against "fake news" and the whining about what newspapers should and should not be allowed to publish, Trump is now threatening to revoke the broadcasting license of outlets he doesn't like.
This forced the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai to publicly explain he doesn't have the power to revoke NBC's (or any network's) broadcast license:
"The FCC, under my leadership, will stand for the First Amendment. Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast."
Maybe that's why the oath of office specifies "to the best of my ability." The founding fathers, in their infinite foresight, could have been considering the possibility of an illiterate president.
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