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Historian Jon Meacham is a respected writer on American history, yet on Morning Joe Wednesday, Meacham floated the conspiracy theory that President Donald Trump will traitorously defy the Constitution by ignoring judicial rulings.

In doing so, Meacham seems to be endorsing the notion that presidents can’t express their dissent about court rulings, which would amount to repression of freedom of speech. Meacham also ignored that the Supreme Court and other courts have repeatedly upheld policies put forth by the Trump administration and that the president has also praised other court rulings, including a recent Texas judge’s ruling on Obamacare.

Speaking to Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Meacham asserted — without any challengers at the table — that Trump might become a traitor to his country and that Republican Senators should anticipate this by engaging in a “war game” to simulate their responses.

“The president said yesterday, and I’m paraphrasing, we have courts that rule against us all the time,” Meacham said. “Which to a lot of folks, it translates to a kind of warning, a flashing yellow light, if you will, that you may have a president at some point defying court orders. You may have a breakdown of basic norms in terms of the separation of powers. To what extent in your caucus, and among your Republican colleagues, is this a source of conversation? Do you all war game, if you will? ‘What’s the worst case scenario if this guy really loses it?’”

While Coons did not acknowledge the extraordinarily egregious claim by Meacham, he did say that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel restrictions aimed at protecting the American people from terrorism.

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