Instead of mentioning actual real world emergencies, events or situations, Trump cited only political machinations in both cases.
After a lunch with Republican congressional leaders, the President again spoke off the cuff with the press. That rarely goes will for Trump.
“If Chuck [Schumer] & Nancy [Pelosi]… if they don’t agree to the fact that our country really has problems w/crime, with drugs, with a lot of other things…it’s a bad issue for the Democrats.”
Watch his comments here.
Trump says he “may do” national emergency, then immediately undercuts his case for declaring one: “If Chuck & Nancy… if they don’t agree to the fact that our country really has problems w/crime, with drugs, with a lot of other things…it’s a bad issue for the Democrats.” pic.twitter.com/ohNbGAwGyj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 9, 2019
People were quick to pick up on and call out the President’s potential abuse of power.
“Do” a national emergency. Sure.
— Funmergency (@OneMoreDrank) January 9, 2019
Imagining how he would get away with murder it looks like
— Narcissist Problems (@Narc_Problems) January 9, 2019
— Basqueing Shark (@Basquerading) January 9, 2019
Is that an official threshold for declaring a national emergency – that @POTUS isn’t getting his way?
— Janet (@sfjw) January 9, 2019
You get a national emergency, and you get a national emergency! pic.twitter.com/gHJYsm7iD1
— ᖶl∩ƨµɐplbөʇ (@FlushablPet) January 9, 2019
— Sam (@leumaSAa) January 9, 2019
I don’t think that’s how emergencies work.
— Roald Oines (@Rfoines) January 9, 2019
Oh… so emergencies aren’t actually emergencies anymore, they’re shows of force against people who disagree with you. Got it.
— Amber Q. Perry (@6MonstersMake8) January 9, 2019
I’ll take “Things Authoritarians Say” for $1000, Alex.
— Indivisible Podcast (@indivisiblepod) January 9, 2019
— Gabriel Martinez (@gabrielmartinez) January 9, 2019
And people urged Democrats not to give in to the threats from the Oval Office.
No compromise from the Democrats. Don’t negotiate with a hostage taker.
If this is the hill he’s chosen to die on then so be it. Let him.
— Giftedbutlazy (@Giftedbutlazy1) January 9, 2019
From now on every Dem political ad countering Republican political ads just needs to be this on loop with “you supported this guy?” in capital letters.
— Dee-Nice (@deniseisabroad) January 9, 2019
The President did not specify a deadline for Congress giving in to his demands before he declared a national emergency.