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.”
“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.”
My side would be storming the White House if Barack Obama ever thought about declaring a national emergency.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 10, 2019
Ya think? Republican kowtowing to Trump perfectly embodies the malignant hypocrisy within the GOP.
It tells you the bunch of hypocrites and traitors your side is made of.
Someone once correctly mentioned a basket of deplorables and you went all crazy.
— Daniel dePlantagenet (@dePlantagenet) January 10, 2019
If Obama had owned a hotel (like Trump International – in a historic US govt. building still leased by our government) near the White House , entertaining Saudis & foreign dignitaries there, that alone would be enough for a revolution.
— Birgit Nazarian (@birkirstin) January 10, 2019
That you not only acknowledge the level of hypocrisy from the GOP (your side), but speak to it publicly says a lot. I value consistency in position with Congress, regardless of who’s in charge. The GOP leaders are killing your party with their complicity and hypocrisy.
— Tyler (@tdeuce92) January 10, 2019
yes they would. But they accept these games and nonsense from this fool? What happened to country over party? We will all remember. How can we forget such hipocracy?
— Dianne (@dikell3) January 10, 2019
Yeah, we know. You guys stormed the WH just b/c PRESIDENT Obama wanted hearings for his SCOTUS nom. I honestly, don't have a clue how 'your side' expects to ever have moderates' support again. We won't.
— GeeGee (@GeeGeeAkili) January 10, 2019
The hypocrisy of the Republicans has no boundary. Party above country is a national disgrace.
— Bill Hinson (@wbhinson) January 10, 2019
Now imagine how they'd react of Barack had 5 children by 3 different women. And why do you think they'd react that way?
— Lynn Heraty (@HIMuskrat) January 10, 2019
Walsh was bombarded by one simple question.
Why is he still associating with “that side?”
i hope they're not your side anymore
— Paul Revere (@PaulRevere1999) January 10, 2019
Wow. What is your side?
My side is America and everyone who lives here and wants to be a part of our great Country.
Is your side ghostly white old dudes whose balls touch the water?
— Pesach 'Pace' Lattin (@pacelattin) January 10, 2019
Still your side?
— Dolly (@ApsyAngst) January 10, 2019
Are they still “your side?” Why, isn’t “American” your side?
— alt-kellyann ☘️🌈🇺🇸❄️🦋✨ (@alt_kellyann) January 10, 2019
Your side would drink paint if Fox news told them to.
— It's OK, I've got robot legs now (@RobotLegz) January 10, 2019
Where are the conservative “patriots” who groan about tyranny? We are witnessing it in real time.
Why isn't "your side" storming the White House with Donald Trump threatening to declare a national emergency now? Why would that be conditional if you feel so strongly about this threat to the Constitution? And in my world, we Americans are on the same side.
— Katie Rosa (@K_Rosa17) January 10, 2019
Shouldn’t EVERYONE worry when the Executive Branch abuses its power and the truth? Where are @SenateGOP? The Senate is supposedly the most deliberative body, but they are just enablers. Vote to open the government and let @POTUS decide whether to veto. @marcorubio @SenRickScott
— Rob Brumbaugh (@RobBrumbaugh) January 10, 2019
Your side has always professed to care deeply about things like family values, personal responsibility, law & order, fiscal responsibility, national security, life, etc etc. Come to find out, you really never cared about any of it.
— Toby Stroud (@Tgs4tenn) January 10, 2019
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.