December 6, 2022

Conservatives are panicking over Trump’s emergency wall declaration and it is glorious

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This afternoon, the White House revealed that President Donald Trump is going to be declaring a national emergency in order to get his border wall in a not entirely unexpected but still deeply disturbing circumvention of our political institutions on behalf of Donald Trump’s personal monument to his own ego and to disgusting xenophobia.


The move will immediately open up a firestorm of legal debate and questions of constitutionality, as well as setting a very interesting precedent for Democratic presidents to exploit when the time comes to tackle some of the real crises facing our nation, like climate change, gun violence, income inequality, the exorbitant cost of healthcare in a predatory for-profit system.

Conservatives across the board quickly realized the enormous implications of this move, and that’s why it’s so gratifying to see them collectively freaking out at the prospect of a Democratic president with emergency powers:

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After all the self-satisfaction from the infuriatingly smug right-wing, watching them lose their minds is a delicious thing to behold.

The rest of the internet, however, is rightfully panning this move for exactly what it is: a selfish and deplorable power grab that is insulting to all the victims of the real emergencies in the United States on top of being an alarming slide towards authoritarianism.

Here’s a collection of the best responses.

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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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