What Steps Can Biden Take to Protect the Nation Now That He’s King?

“In every use of official power, the President is now a king above the law.” — Sonia Sotomayor

William Spivey
5 min readJul 5, 2024


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In a 6–3 decision along ideological lines, the Supreme Court made clear that the President of the United States is above the law. In the dissent of Justice Sotomayor, she used the examples of a President ordering the death of a political rival, selling pardons, and organizing a military coup. For each of these acts, a President would now be immune. We no longer have a President who heads one of three co-equal branches of government; we have a King.

“Orders the Navy’s Seal Team 6 to assassinate a political rival? Immune.

“Organizes a military coup to hold onto power? Immune. Takes a bribe in exchange for a pardon? Immune. Immune, immune, immune.” — Sonia Sotomayor

While the focus has been on Donald Trump and the new powers he would have should he return to office, the Supreme Court may not have considered that Joe Biden is President. For the next six months, he will be King, with the power to violate laws with impunity as long as it can be deemed an official act. We know Biden believes Trump to be a clear and present danger. What steps might Biden take without the previous legal barriers to rid us of…