Former Republican Congressman Has a Surprisingly Blunt Assessment of How Republicans Would Have Acted If Barack Obama Had Declared a National Emergency

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President Donald Trump on Thursday doubled-down on his threat to declare a national emergency at the southern border as he desperately tried to keep his campaign promise to build a border wall with Mexico.

"If this doesn't work out, probably I will do it, I would almost say definitely," Trump said. "This is a national emergency."


Trump is itching to expand his executive authority after several rounds of negotiations to reopen the government - which Trump shut down on December 22 - collapsed earlier this week.

"If we don't make a deal, I would say 100%. I don't want to say 100% because maybe something else comes up," the president said. "But if we don't make a deal, I would say it would be very surprising to me that I would not declare a national emergency and just fund it through the various mechanisms."

Trump's desire to skirt Congressional authority in order to get his way carries whiffs of tyranny.

Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, now a talk-radio host and stalwart Trump critic, wrote on Twitter that conservatives would have lost their minds if Trump's predecessor had suggested declaring a state of emergency.

"My side," Walsh tweeted, "would be storming the White House if Barack Obama ever thought about declaring a national emergency."

Ya think? Republican kowtowing to Trump perfectly embodies the malignant hypocrisy within the GOP.

Walsh was bombarded by one simple question.

Why is he still associating with "that side?"

Where are the conservative "patriots" who groan about tyranny? We are witnessing it in real time.

Despite his private misgivings, Trump will be visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this afternoon, though he is unlikely to care that reality does not match the chaos that exists solely in his head.

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