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What Can Trump Teach Us About Con Law is a weekly podcast that uses the tumultuous and erratic activities of the executive branch under President Trump to teach us about the US Constitution.


Episode #002 The Appointments Clause and Removal Power
The US Constitution has a clause that describes how the president can hire certain political appointees with the advice and consent of the Senate. It doesn't say when the president can fire someone. We take a look at recent Trump firings and put them in context of Supreme Court cases where the court both upheld and denied the president's right to fire an executive branch employee. Even if a president has the constitutional power to fire someone, it doesn't mean there aren't political and legal consequences of the action.

Episode #001 Judicial Legitimacy
In February 2017, Trump tweeted a criticism of the "so-called judge" who blocked the enforcement of his travel ban. Why does the president have to listen to what the courts say? This episode answers the question by telling the story of a key moment in history when then President Harry Truman and the court strongly disagreed.


Con Law The US Constitution has only 4,543 words, including signatures; 7,591 with all twenty seven amendments. But, many of these words and their intent are still being interpreted, debated, and pushed to their limits. It is good for everyone to learn more about the US Constitution. This program can help.

Hosted by Roman Mars (99% Invisible, co-founder Radiotopia) and Elizabeth Joh, law professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law uses President Donald Trump's tumultuous and erratic activities as the backdrop for a Constitutional Law 101 course.

Learn more, and subscribe to this podcast at the What Trump Can Teach Us about Con Law website.