during his 2016 presidential campaign and throughout the first days of his presidency, donald trump has used the various communication tools available to him -- press statements, speeches and interviews, executive actions, and, most notably, twitter -- to undermine and question the basic tenets of american government. from the right to peaceful protest to the right of all citizens to vote, and even extending to the most basic checks and balances that keep the government functional, he has used his public platform to aggressively push for restrictions, eliminations, and interference in the regulatory systems established in united states law.
"editor's notes" is a series in which i use data collected from trump and his administration between 2015 and the present to edit the foundational legal documents of american society. the "editor's notes", footnoted at the bottom of each segment, are composed of text taken exclusively from trump's own written or spoken archive (@realDonaldTrump, executive orders and memoranda, presidential and campaign speeches, and selected interviews with the press). i have collected the data and sorted this text according to content by utilizing custom software, as well as open-source data collection tools, beginning november 9, 2016 and continuing to the present.
the first iteration of this ongoing project, "editor's notes (amendments)", examines the 27 amendments to the united states constitution, and is formatted to resemble a presidential executive order, which trump has used frequently in order to enact the more controversial portions of his platform without legislation.