Paul L. Caron

Thursday, January 21, 2021

These Law Profs Backed Trump—And Some Got Burned

Karen Sloan (, These Law Profs Backed Trump—and Some Got Burned:

It’s fair to say that the legal academy as a whole didn’t have many good things to say about Donald Trump’s presidency. Law professors spent the past four years denouncing Trump’s immigration policies, highlighting his ethical lapses, and making the case that he eroded democratic norms. Legal academics were even front and center during Trump’s first impeachment trial, testifying that he had violated the law.

Yet there were a handful of law professors who took a different tack, either publicly backing the former president, offering more quiet support behind the scenes or from their social media accounts, or questioning the legitimacy of the election results.

Several of them faced a backlash or criticism for their alignment with Trump, while at least one landed a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s a look back on some of Trump’s allies and supporters from the academy. ...

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