Since the election, several celebrities have voiced their displeasure -- even anger -- with the Trump administration. In a TMZ video from , this boxer-turned-actor directed his rage toward Trump, calling him a "big-mouthed bitch bully," saying he would "love 30 seconds in a room with the little bitch.
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I mean it literally. During the Republican primaries in March , the Mexican American comedian tweeted a cartoon image of former Mexican president Vincente Fox holding the decapitated head of Donald Trump aloft, with the caption "Make America Great Again. Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson had to take his turn in the Trump-bashing festivities. In a teaser video for his song, "Say10," released just after the election, a Trump-like figure wearing a suit and a red tie lies decapitated on a concrete floor, in a pool of his own blood.
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The actor is not afraid to express his disdain for the commander in chief. At the video's end, the "Gin and Juice" rapper points a gun at the harlequin Trump figure and shoots. But instead of a bullet, a red flag that reads "Bang! The comedian landed in hot water in May after photos surfaced of her holding a fake bloody, decapitated Trump head. Toilet stool company Squatty Potty also pulled its ads featuring Griffin. Trump himself called the photos "sick" and tweeted that his youngest son, Barron, was "having a hard time" with the images.
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As Peter Baker recently noted in the Times, it has been politically unthinkable since Watergate that a President could fire an F. Unless Trump is stopped by court rulings, his defiant brand of politics and his sweeping control of the Republican Party will redefine the balance of power between the President and Congress for decades. But the reprieve for the Presidency was short-lived. That November, Democrats won a landslide victory in the midterm elections, gaining a two-thirds majority in the House and sixty seats in the Senate. With Watergate and Vietnam fuelling public suspicion of Presidential power, Congress reached the apex of its power in modern American politics.
Already, in , overriding a veto by Nixon, Congress had enacted the War Powers Resolution, which required Presidents to halt military operations after sixty days if they were not approved by Congress.
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In , it passed amendments that strengthened the Freedom of Information Act, giving the public greater access to government documents. Antonin Scalia, then a Justice Department official, argued to Ford that the amendments infringed on the secrecy of the F. Ford vetoed the amendments, newspaper editorials across the country assailed him, and Congress easily overrode his veto, with a 65—27 vote in the Senate and a —31 vote in the House. The legislative tide continued under President Jimmy Carter. The Ethics in Government Act, which, among other things, created the Office of Special Counsel and required officials to file financial-disclosure forms, was enacted in The same year, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was signed into law, limiting the ability of the executive branch to surveil Americans without a court order.
Ford, in an effort to regain public trust, also voluntarily enacted multiple reforms. After a congressional investigation uncovered decades of improper activities by both the C.
Yet Ford also fought back against what he viewed as an erosion of Presidential power. In his two and a half years as President, he issued sixty-six vetoes, the highest rate of any modern President. Democrats overrode them a dozen times. Subsequent Republican and Democratic Presidents have also fought congressional oversight.
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The Reagan and Bush Administrations sparred with the legislative branch throughout the Iran-Contra scandal. Bill Clinton battled House investigations into the Whitewater land deal and the White House travel office, and also into his impeachment, for perjury and obstruction of justice, during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. During George W.