Harvard Law course looks at ways to 'push back against' Trump strategies

Sarah Gass
New Jersey Campus Correspondent

  • A spring 2019 Harvard Law course description asserts that Sen. Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump, and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh present "challenges for democracy under law, for human rights, and for fact-based government."
  • The course will allegedly "explore ways of using constitutional law and politics to push back against those strategies."
  • A course offered by Harvard University Law School for the spring 2019 semester will focus on ways to “push back against” strategies employed by President Donald Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

    Harvard professor Laurence Tribe will be teaching the course, titled "Constitutional Strategies For the McConnell/Trump/Kavanaugh Era.”

    "...the successful strategies of [Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch] McConnell, Trump, and Kavanaugh — and will explore ways of using constitutional law and politics to push back against those strategies"   

    “This seminar will assess the challenges for democracy under law, for human rights, and for fact-based government posed by the successful strategies of [Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch] McConnell, Trump, and Kavanaugh — and will explore ways of using constitutional law and politics to push back against those strategies,” the course description states.

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    The Ivy League professor has previously been outspoken with his views on the Trump administration.

    “The time has come for Congress to launch an impeachment investigation of President Trump for obstruction of justice,” Tribe stated in an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post amid the firing of former FBI Director James Comey in 2017.

    Tribe also coauthored the book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment, which, according to Amazon's description of the book, discusses "when and whether to impeach a president." During an interview with Time in June 2018, Tribe told the magazine that he's never specifically called for the immediate impeachment of the current president. 

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    "Law students who are interested — from whatever ideological perspective — in what the current political and legal landscape might mean for the litigation and/or legislation they may consider becoming involved in (whether defensively or offensively) after they graduate deserve well-informed guidance as they navigate this complex new terrain. My new seminar is designed to offer that guidance," Tribe told Campus Reform in an email.

    Harvard did not respond to multiple requests for comment. 

    The course offering comes amid rising political tensions at the university since the Kavanaugh hearing. Students, enraged by the prospect of Kavanaugh - a former visiting lecturer at Harvard - returning to the classroom, protested on campus.

    Students held signs with messages like “boys will be held accountable” and “I still believe Anita Hill,” written across them during the Kavanaugh hearing. Students demanded an investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh for sexually assaulting multiple women and pushed for his resignation, according to the Harvard Crimson. Several students at the University filed Title IX cases against Kavanaugh to bring attention to his sexual assault accusations. 

    These events preceded the resignation of Kavanaugh who was slated to continue teaching law courses in January.

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court associate justice on Oct. 6. 

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    Sarah Gass

    Sarah Gass

    New Jersey Campus Correspondent
    Sarah Gass is a New Jersey Campus Correspondent and reports on liberal bias and abuse for Campus Reform. She attends Drew University, where she studies Political Science and serves as the Secretary for Drew College Republicans. Additionally, she is a writer for Prager University.
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