After agreeing to a budget bill that doesn't include complete funding for his border wall, President Donald Trump disclosed his intention to declare a national state of emergency, citing unmitigated illegal immigration.
Illegal border crossings are at their lowest in over a decade and the vast majority of undocumented immigrants don't use the Southern border to enter the country, so the move to call a national emergency has the Republican party divided, while Democrats remain opposed.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) challenged the President to do his worst, telling reporters that he would be setting a precedent of declaring a national emergency to achieve a campaign promise—allowing Democrats to do the same the next time one occupies the White House.
"Want to talk about a national emergency? Let's talk about today, the one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America," Pelosi said, citing the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year that left 17 dead. "That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would."
"A Democratic president can declare a national emergencies as well. The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."
Nancy Pelosi says she may file a legal challenge if Trump declares a national emergency. Via Politico https://t.co/KKsmIlSN5u— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin) 1550177754.0
Her warning had many Democrats longing for a President with better values who could declare emergencies down the line.
@kylegriffin1 Well on the bright side, assuming a Democrat wins, we ‘ll get climate change initiatives come 2020. T… https://t.co/4dSor8mKEy— 🅝🅐🅣🅗🅐🅝 🅐🅣🅧 (@🅝🅐🅣🅗🅐🅝 🅐🅣🅧) 1550177929.0
@kylegriffin1 So looking forward to the upcoming National Emergencies: Medicare For All, Climate Change, etc. ...… https://t.co/13cgDAIzoA— Tom (@Tom) 1550178039.0
@kylegriffin1 I'm very much looking forward to President Harris' "Climate Change National Emergency", "Voting Right… https://t.co/5quv9w5zhU— Bret Lonsway🦃#WeAreStarfleet (@Bret Lonsway🦃#WeAreStarfleet) 1550177822.0
@kylegriffin1 @rob_libadia no. let him declare an emergency. Then in two years we can declare climate change an eme… https://t.co/GfFij9iqVj— AdventureOtaku (@AdventureOtaku) 1550178710.0
While the President's contrived emergency may be revolting to both sides of the aisle, Democrats are pleased to see Pelosi remind everyone why she's Speaker.
Representing the only Democrat-dominated branch of the government, many on the left see Pelosi as a vital check on Trump's power.
They had praise for her in spades.
@kylegriffin1 Can you imagine the pressure on her? Strong woman. Good luck, Nancy.— Damn Skippy (@Damn Skippy) 1550178376.0
@kylegriffin1 I think you're wonderful Madame Speaker! Thank God you're there.— Mixed Nuts (@Mixed Nuts) 1550177951.0
@kylegriffin1 #Nancyrules— MuchAdo (@MuchAdo) 1550196571.0
@kylegriffin1 I’m just an ordinary person who is losing sleep and going crazy because of POTUS-induced chaos. But… https://t.co/BpXjxVrp3M— Deb👀rah Ackerman (@Deb👀rah Ackerman) 1550179691.0
Once again, Pelosi isn't blinking in a staring contest with Trump.