'Article 2' Trends After Trump Falsely Claims It Grants Him Unlimited Powers As President: I Can 'Do Whatever I Want'

"Article 2" began trending on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon after President Donald Trump falsely claimed the Constitution clause grants him the power to "do whatever" he wants as president.

During his address at a Turning Point USA conference in Washington, D.C. earlier today, Trump declared to a crowd of young conservatives: "Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president."

The inaccurate statement came after he attacked former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. It was not the first time the president has made the claim. In June, Trump told ABC News: "Article 2 allows me to do whatever I want. Article 2 would have allowed me to fire [Mueller]."

Although the loosely-defined "Article 2" is interpreted by some as granting the chief executive broad authority, the section also provides for a president's removal from office via "impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors." The latter offers an explicit check on the president's authority and actions, which negates Trump's claims that he has the "right to do whatever" while in office.

Mueller's 22-month-long investigation resulted in 199 criminal charges, indicting 34 individuals, including three companies and six former Trump associates. While the former special counsel's 448-page report, with redactions, did not accuse the president of a crime, it revealed at least 11 possible instances of obstruction committed by Trump and his inner circle, dating from his 2016 presidential campaign to current day. Since the report was released in April, the House Judiciary Committee has launched ongoing investigations into the president's conduct.

Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed the Russia probe as a "witch hunt," relaunched his attacks on Mueller on Tuesday, one day before the former special counsel is due to testify before the Democratic-led committee.

Following his claims about "Article 2," the term began trending on Twitter, with thousands of users criticizing and ridiculing the president for misrepresenting the Constitution.

"Donald Trump's day so far - Doesn't know what Article 2 of the Constitution is - Mueller's chief of staff to testify about things beyond the report during #MuellerHearing - Deutsche Bank funded Epstein - It's all going to come out - Trump is going to prison - It's still only 3pm," Twitter user @PalmerReport wrote.

"My favorite section of Article 2," Twitter user @MarksAngel616 wrote, alongside a paragraph about impeachment from that portion of the Constitution.

"Trump today: 'Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.' This man should not have a second term," Bill Kristol, director of Defending Democracy Together, tweeted.

"Me trying to find the part of Article 2 that gives the President unlimited power," Twitter user @Melissa_In_FL shared, alongside a meme of a woman looking exhausted.

"Ummm. . . no. Article 2 does not say Agolf Shitler can do whatever he wants. Another lie on top of the Everest-sized pile," Twitter user @CrabDiving wrote.

"Isn't ANYBODY going to tell President Bonehead how Article 2 actually works?," Twitter user @mmpadellan wrote. "Or you gonna just let him keep thinking it gives him super awesome unlimited Emperor powers? Anybody?"

"TRUMP: 'Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president.' (Article 2 does not in fact empower the president to do whatever they want)," Vox reporter Aaron Rupar tweeted.

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U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Teen Student Action Summit July 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. After Trump claimed during the same speech that the Constitution allows him unlimited powers as president, "Article 2" began trending on Twitter. Alex Wong/Getty
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