In a predictably uncomfortable and confrontational press conference from the White House Rose Garden, President Trump made an announcement that should make any reasonable person’s stomach churn.
Much like when he lied about the size of his inaugural audience, Trump has once again plunged himself into a state of delusion and set a perilous precedent for presidents to come.
“A national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States,” according to the declaration signed by Trump on February 15. A national emergency that he believes, citing facts from an alternate reality, has been going on for years.
The very existence of this so-called emergency is doubtful. This declaration is nothing more than a thinly veiled ploy for the administration to secure funding in order to deliver on its infamous border wall campaign promise. Failure to do so would no doubt cost Trump the 2020 election.
But clearly, this “emergency” isn’t all that urgent. On top of that, it’s rooted in a reality that doesn’t exist.
“I didn’t need to do this,” said the President smugly, proving he doesn’t know what the word ‘emergency’ means during his press conference on February 15. “But I’d rather do it much faster.”
Trump essentially just called the fire department and said, “My house has been on fire for two years! Come quick!” And when the firefighters arrived, it turned out that Trump just burnt the soufflé and didn’t know how to clean the pan.
Yes, clearly there is an issue there, but it really doesn’t constitute calling 9-1-1.
Several people saw through this thinly veiled hoax, namely the 16 states that filed a lawsuit against the administration just three days after the National Emergency began.
“The President has used a pretext of a manufactured “crisis” of unlawful immigration,” to justify building a wall on the southern border, according to the lawsuit filed on February 18.
Rightfully, the coalition of states—unofficially led by California—seeks to block the redirection of funding made possible through the national emergency declaration.
In creating this fake news “emergency,” Trump has completely overstepped the powers of the President. The power of the purse belongs to Congress, and that’s where it needs to stay. An emergency cannot be declared for the sole purpose of seizing that power. If the United States, as a whole, allows this presidential overreach to proceed, it could threaten the very tenets of our society.
Having it his way, Trump would call on the FBI to find his phone in between the couch cushions if he wasn’t constantly tweeting misleading statistics and gaslighting from it.
The president is making a mockery of our political system and, in the process, unraveling 243 years of Constitutional…greatness? Okay, it’s not perfect, but it’s our Constitution. We cannot let one man destroy the American Experiment that we’ve been working to perfect for so long.
So what does this State of Emergency really mean? It means that Trump is pouting like a 4-year-old and called the police because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t give him his way.
To quote the not-so-wise man himself, “It’s all a big lie. It’s a big con game.”
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