Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just sent shockwaves through America’s political universe by revealing that President Trump plans to declare a fake national emergency to build a
wall monument to racism along America’s southern border.
If Trump does use an emergency declaration to redirect money from other Congressional appropriations, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) could set up a legislative showdown to stop him, quickly forcing an up or down Senate vote that could divide the Republican Party.
But there’s nothing that could stop a stupid Trump tweet from emerging (there’s one for everything, right?) which highlights just how ludicrous it is for the President to invent a fake immigration emergency when all he’s doing is being a racist.
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It turns out that the Hypocrite in Chief hyper-overreacted to President Obama’s legitimate use of the Executive Order to create DACA, which courts have upheld time and time again and described his current presidential fail to a tee.
— Adam Mintzer (@adammintzer) February 14, 2019
Trump’s big plan to subvert the Constitution has been brewing for months, starting with his first big fake emergency during the 2018 midterm elections. Aided and abetted by mainstream news organizations reporting about his frivolous nonsense “caravan” scare tactics, the President ruined the holidays for thousands of troops.
A couple of weeks into the Trump shutdown, the President began floating his fake emergency idea, which frankly, he could’ve pushed forward a month ago, without damaging the lives of many thousands of federal employees and contractors.
Speaker Pelosi is America’s best chance at ending the fake Trump emergency with a House resolution, which would give the Senate exactly 36 days before it would be forced to vote on the matter according to the Post:
“The NEA lays out a timetable for this process, and by [the Brookings Institute’s Elizabeth] Goitein’s reading, it would all take place within the protracted period of barely longer than a month.”
“’In short, there could be 36 days between introduction of the resolution in the House and a vote on the Senate floor,’ Goitein told me, ‘but that vote would have to happen,” and once it did, one way or the other, it would put senators ‘on record.'”
The Senate’s Republican majority could take steps to prevent that vote, but not without going on the record supporting Trump’s constitutional end run.
Even staunch pro-Trump Republicans like Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson and five others are pushing back against the fake wall emergency since allowing a tyrannical dictatorship to exist in the White House could take money away from their pet projects.
Donald Trump would be wise – if that was even possible – to consult his old tweets about presidential overreach before going fully ahead with his fake emergency declaration, but only after signing the Congressional compromise to fully fund the government this week so that 800,000 federal workers and more contractors don’t bear the brunt of his foolishness yet again.