The former House Speaker used the Supreme Court’s ruling against the Bush administration exceeding its constitutional authority in handling suspected terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay in 2008 as a basis for his extreme view.
“They just ignored it,” he said. “A commander-in-chief could simply issue instructions to ignore it, and say it’s null and void and I do not accept it because it infringes on my duties as commander-in-chief to protect the country.”
I used to consider Newt a very bright and sharp politician, if an asshole on a personal level. Now I don’t even know I’m willing to give him that much credit.
Protip for politicians: just because someone else did it doesn’t mean it’s right, legal, or or a good idea.