Trump Doubles Down on Constitution as Suicide Pact: “Our Constitution is great” but it doesn’t “Give us the Right to Commit Suicide”

July 24th, 2016

Last week I noticed that Donald Trump justified his muslim-immigration ban in language was reminiscent¬†of Justice Jackson’s dissent in Terminello v. Chicago, which explained that the Constitution was not a suicide pact.

On Meet the Press, he used similar language. Someone on his team must have given him the suicide pact language, and he is running with it.

I actually don’t think it’s a rollback. In fact, you could say it’s an expansion. I’m looking now at territory. People were so upset when I used the word Muslim. Oh, you can’t use the word Muslim. Remember this. And I’m okay with that because I’m talking territory instead of Muslim.¬†But just remember this. Our Constitution is great. But it doesn’t necessarily give us the right to commit suicide, okay? Now, we have a religious, you know, everybody wants to be protected. And that’s great. And that’s the wonderful part of our Constitution. I view it differently. Why are we committing suicide? Why are we doing that? But you know what? I live with our Constitution. I love our Constitution. I cherish our Constitution. We’re making it territorial.

The suicide clause in Article XII must have override the “religious” clause in Article I.