Democrats lost the presidential election. But that, as Hillary Clinton’s failure to accept the results has shown, does not matter particularly. Democrats don’t think Donald Trump should be president, and they’re making sure they do everything they can to prevent him from doing his job.
We all know about the effort to find something illegal and subvert Trump via the Russia probe, despite there being no evidence of a crime or even “collusion,” which is not a crime, between the Trump campaign and the Russians. And most of us are aware of the battles between deep state bureaucrats who hate the Trump agenda and political appointees trying to carry it out. Not to mention the lockstep opposition in Congress. To be fair, congressional Republicans did the same thing to Barack Obama, but Obama reached out to them far less than Trump has to Democrats.
But in a superb article for Fox News, veteran White House reporter Fred Lucas uncovers another organized effort to prevent Trump from governing: Tying up the administration and its agenda in endless lawsuits lodged by Democratic attorneys general.
From the piece:
The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA), a political fundraising group, touts the AGs as “the first line of defense” against Trump’s agenda.
“The Trump administration has trouble understanding the rule of law and that’s the reason Democratic attorneys general are filing lawsuits and winning them,” Sean Rankin, DAGA’s executive director, told Fox News.
In late January, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration over fracking rules. In early February, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his intent to sue the Trump administration for reversing the Obama-era Waters of the United States regulation. Several East Coast states may soon band together to try to undermine the newly passed tax overhaul . . .
Amid the lawsuit flurry, the association reported it increased its 2017 fundraising haul by $2.4 million from the previous year — growing its donor base from fewer than 500 in 2016 to more than 5,000 in 2017. Beyond raising money, DAGA facilitates weekly phone conferences with the nation’s 23 Democratic attorneys general to discuss lawsuits and strategies.
Throughout 2017, Democratic attorneys generals filed 35 multistate lawsuits against the Trump administration, according to tracking by Paul Nolette, a political science professor at Marquette University and author of “Federalism on Trial: State Attorneys General and National Policymaking in Contemporary America.”
By contrast, Republican attorneys general brought 46 multistate legal challenges during all of former President Barack Obama’s two terms.