Not just a potential danger but one that will likely cause a catastrophe if not immediately obstructed or neutralized. This phrase was suggested as a test of harmful speech by the US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in the 1919 case of Schenck v. United States. In delivering the court’s unanimous decision upholding the conviction of a socialist party officer (who encouraged resistance to the World War 1 draft) under the Espionage act (which suppressed free speech), justice Holmes noted that the “character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.” He went on to say that, “when a nation is at war many things that might be said in time of peace are such a hindrance to its effort that their utterance will not be endured so long as men fight and that no court could regard them as protected by any constitutional right.”
The United States has never experienced the threat of a “clear and present danger” posed by the President of the United States. However Trump qumay qualify. While he has previously posed a threat because of his taunting of North Korea, but now he poses a threat due to his threatening acts towards the FBI. He fired the FBI Director James Comey.
There is now a thought that Trump may be planning to fire Robert Mueller and/or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein due to their recent request to question Trump while under oath. If Trump should fire them we can predict political mayhem would follow. A potential constitutional showdown could follow.
The announcement came as lawmakers in both parties nudged the administration to implement sanctions legislation that passed overwhelmingly. There were only FIVE no votes in both the House and Senate when the vote was taken to impose sanctions. The Trump administration had a decision to make whether they would follow the law and crack down on those responsible for attacking American democracy in the 2016 election. BOTH houses of Congress overwhelmingly voted to impose sanctions. Trump has defied Congress. Trump has previously defied the Federal Courts and Judges. When the President proves himself to believe he is above the law and the US Constitution, he is a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and must be removed from office.