Sujit Choudhry Dissects How Autocrats Take Over Nations In His Latest Book

The founder and director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions, Sujit Choudhry, published his most recent book recently, “Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?”. One chapter of this book is dedicated to dissecting a tweet that Eric Holder put on Twitter. He was the Attorney General in President Barack Obama’s time in office. His tweet went out during December 2017 and in it he stated that if Donald Trump were to terminate the special counsel investigation into him and others in his administration it would cross and “absolute red line”.

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What Eric Holder called for was that if the special counsel, Robert Mueller, were to be fired or meaningfully interfered with the American people should stand up and engage in mass peaceful protests. Sujit Choudhry wrote that Holder thinks the American people’s thoughts if this were to occur must be both seen and heard throughout the nation and world. In dissecting this tweet Sujit Choudhry said that what is meant by a “red line” is that a constitutional boundary that isn’t controversial must be respected. He also stated that it is ultimately the American people who determine what happens to those politicians who cross the line into unacceptable behavior.

In this chapter, Sujit Choudhry also wrote about how presidents in the United States are limited to two terms in office. He wrote about how an autocratic president might try to stay in office longer than this by declaring some type of national emergency, calling off elections, or possibly dissolving Congress. He said if this were to occur then political opponents will mobilize and get people to assemble in the streets against this move.

Throughout this book Sujit Choudhry writes about the current political climate in the United States and around the world. He writes that ever since the end of the Cold War against the Soviet Union the threats against constitutional democracy have changed, check  Far right-wing and nationalist parties have been trying to get into power through elections and then rapidly making constitutional changes so that they remain in power. They decry the free press, undermine the judicial branch, and otherwise eliminate all obstacles they face to stay the dominant party.

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