I’m going to assume he’s talking about Article II of the Constitution, but to be fair he could be talking about something he read in a magazine like Dictators Weekly or Ruski’s Digest…
Trump literally says nobody has ever heard of something that has been in the US Constitution since 1789.— Duggle🍺Bogey™ (@DuggleBogey) July 12, 2019
The 45th President believes he has powers nobody has ever seen before.— James DeSarno (@j_desarno) July 12, 2019
At a level that nobody’s seen before? You mean since the Constitution was adopted in 1789?— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) July 12, 2019
You know whichever staff member mentioned Article 2 today, is kicking their own ass right now. pic.twitter.com/1Z7KuEYWLF— Stephanie (Not A Bot) (@Steph01802737) July 12, 2019
I particularly like this part of Article II.
Article 2, Section 4 : The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.— The Pepper Report ⭐️ (@Pepita9000) July 12, 2019
But let’s be fair and explore these amazing Article II powers shall we? (It’s rather short)
Section 1, Presidential Term, Election Procedures, Pay and Oath of Office
The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same term, be elected, as follows…Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution of the United States of America
Section 2, Commander in Chief and Appointments
The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.Section 2 of Article II of the Constitution of the United States of America
The rest of Section 2 deals with cabinet appointments and congressional procedures in that regard.
Section 3, State of the Union and Officers
He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in case of disagreement between them, with respect to the time of adjournment, he may adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; he shall receive ambassadors and other public ministers; he shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed, and shall commission all the officers of the United States.Section 3 of Article II of the Constitution of the United States of America
Section 4, Impeachment
The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.Section 4 of Article II of the Constitution of the United States of America
That’s it. No superpowers here… Maybe somebody should check his Med’s or something?
Good lord, get a straight jacket and a tranquilizer gun…..— RobinIMPEACHTheMF (@RobinSlick) July 12, 2019
That’s not a bad idea either.
Did someone just show him that part of the Constitution?? I’m sure he didn’t know it existed until today.— DeeQ86 (@Q86Dee) July 12, 2019
Well no, because if he had seen it he would know that it doesn’t grant him special rights or powers.
Trump was yesterday years old when he found out about Article II of the US Constitution. He may or may not read before he leaves office.— Matthew C. Billips (@Matt_Billips) July 12, 2019
That’s pretty sad but probably true. You all just read it in 2 minutes. I’m sure it will take him a lifetime.
It’s all new to him because he’s walking a Dunning-Kruger effect— curt (⧖) (@audiblevideo) July 12, 2019
The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities.Overview of the Dunning-Kruger effect – Very Well Mind – 6/14/2019
The term lends a scientific name and explanation to a problem that many people immediately recognize—that fools are blind to their own foolishness. As Charles Darwin wrote in his book The Descent of Man, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
That explains a lot.
How is this possible that this is really happening right now?
That tiny clip you saw is from roughly 40 minutes of Trump spewing gibberish, in which he spent all of 30 seconds talking about the Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta resigning because of his role in the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking controversy; which was the sole intent of the press conference in the first place.