Trump Alone Has the Nuclear Codes—But Congress Can Change That

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Though Americans are routinely desensitized to violence big and small, this should serve as a wake up call: The president alone can launch hundreds of nuclear weapons within minutes.

Pictured: Trump on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at El Paso International Airport. (White House Photo / Andrea Hanks)

After the last few days, we are left wondering: Is there a line that Trump won’t cross? He has pardoned war criminals, threatened elected officials, is thinking about pardoning himself, and delivered what people are calling a concession speech only after the Capitol Hill insurrection that he openly encouraged. In the absence of any airtight legal constraints, right now all we have is hope (#thoughtsandprayers) that he won’t launch a potentially apocalyptic nuclear war.

We have been worried about the sanity of presidents before, and it will happen again. As Laicie…

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