Ok, we’ve been talking–off an on–about being about 100 days into the Donald Trump administration. We’ve talked about the historically low approval ratings that we’ve seen from Donald Trump and it’s been scandal after scandal, right? Multiple law enforcement investigations, two failed Muslim majority immigration bans, we’ve had the failed sanctuary city order, we’ve had the failed repeal and replacement of ObamaCare. It’s a long list, I’ll stop there. And in an interview with Fox News Donald Trump is blaming the checks and balances that are constitutionally supported, that our government has is place, for his failures. What? Checks and balances have stopped Trump from getting done what he wanted to get done? Well maybe there’s something to it, let’s take a listen to what Donny-boy had to say. Uh, over the years your views just change somewhat and I think more than anything else I am a person of common sense I understand what has to be done. I get things done. I’ve always been a closer. Uhh we don’t have a lot of closers in politics and I understand why. So its a very rough system, its an archaic system. You look at the rules of the Senate even the rules of the House, but the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through. It’s really a bad thing for the country in my opinion. They’re archaic rules and maybe at some point we’re gonna have to take those rules on because for the good of the nation things are going to have to be different, you can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair, it forces you to make bad decisions. I mean you’re really forced into doing things. It’s just not fair, Pat. All those pesky laws, rules and regulations are getting in Donald Trump’s way. The things a President has to go through to get his way, whenever he wants are bad for the country and the rules should be changed. Is it possible though that he’s not talking so much about the Constitution and the systems of checks and balances as he is just kinda these quirky Senate traditions? So for example when Mitch McConell got Elizabeth Warren to sit down by invoking rule 13 or the fact that the Republicans had to use a budget reconciliation bill to try to push their healthcare act because they were able to avoid a filibuster that way? I mean yeah I get what you’re saying, I understand what you’re saying but if you actually do a fair analysis of it Trump has probably benefitted from some of those rules in the sense that you know Neil Gorsuch should not even have been confirmed. The Republicans in the Senate went in and changed the rules in order to get Trump his way. This is sort of the main part of the Presidential oath of office which is you’re preserving, protecting and defending The Constitution which includes checks and balances which includes the rules of the Senate the rules of the House and now these are an impediment to Trump doing whatever on Earth he wants. So, is he directly attacking the Constitution? No. I think you’re right about that. Abolish the Constitution. But it’s more the idea that this is how Trump runs his businesses, or ran his businesses. Well, maybe he’s still running them. I guess were not really sure which is he get’s his way. What he says goes. He told us that’s the way he would run the country. The only thing more absurd than Trump saying this is his bamboozled supporters, the Constitutional fetishists who don’t even seem to care that checks and balances are getting in the way and we should reduce them. This is almost impossible to parody. It’s a real problem for comedy writers and satirical shows because you can’t really do a satirical version of this. And if you wanna focus on archaic parts of how our government functions, lets change the archaic electoral college, as well as gerrymandering both of which helped Trump and Republicans come to power. In a sense he’s right. You’ve gotta give him credit. If it weren’t for the checks and balances of our system, his Muslim travel bans would probably be in place. His sanctuary city order would be in place. His abortive American healthcare Act would be in place. It would all have gone through, so in a sense he is right and we have that to thank. And although he’ll claim that he has great respect for the Constitution, this is a guy that maybe has never even read the document. David: Maybe. It’s six pages long on regular sheets of paper. It’s a quick read. And Trump also mentioned that the Constitution has 12 Articles or so, it actually only has 7. Well I don’t think anybody is shocked, but listen he is not a details guy, he’s a big picture guy. Oh wait a second over the weekend he said in that Reuters interview that he is a details guy. Well I don’t know I can’t explain why he doesn’t seem to know any of the details on this. But I guess he’s just not happy with the fact that he can’t do whatever it is that he wants to do.