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No Tyranny for Failing Donald Trump. SAD!: Law, Constitutional and Tyranny in the 21st Century

O'Donoghue, A. (2021) 'No Tyranny for Failing Donald Trump. SAD!: Law, Constitutional and Tyranny in the 21st Century.', Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly .


Donald Trump’s presidency resulted in several accusations of tyrannical intent. The end of his term of office and particularly the rioting of January 6th, 2021 and the denial of the Presidential election results did little to dispel those accusations. Tyranny, while perhaps not fashionable as a basis of analysis, has a long-intertwined relationship with law and constitutionalism. This paper uses Donald Trump’s presidency to consider the relationships between tyranny, tyrannicide, law and constitutionalism. The article considers law and constitutionalism’s role in both preventing and advancing the advent of tyranny and examines their limitations in stopping tyrannical intent. Public contestation is put forward as an equally significant bulwark against the advent of tyranny, but also a space under tremendous space during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Item Type:Article
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Date accepted:05 July 2021
Date deposited:13 July 2021
Date of first online publication:2021
Date first made open access:No date available

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