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 pic.twitter.com/KKsmIlSN5u
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 14, 2019
Her warning had many Democrats longing for a President with better values who could declare emergencies down the line.
— Nathan (@nybergATX) February 14, 2019
So looking forward to the upcoming National Emergencies: Medicare For All, Climate Change, etc. … a really long list of great things we can do for the country!
— Tom (@ThosChamberlain) February 14, 2019
I'm very much looking forward to President Harris' "Climate Change National Emergency", "Voting Rights National Emergency", and "Wealth Concentration National Emergency". #PrecedentIsABitch #TrumpLies #GOPComplicit
— Bret Lonsway🖖🏻#WeAreStarfleet (@BretLonsway) February 14, 2019
no. let him declare an emergency. Then in two years we can declare climate change an emergency – which it actually is!
— AdventureOtaku (@AdventureOtaku) February 14, 2019
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.