Breaking: Nope, He’s Declaring A “National Emergency”

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Rule of thumb: Never underestimate the stupidity of this President and his unique ability to do the worst thing.


President Donald Trump will sign compromise spending legislation that would avert another government shutdown and declare a national emergency to get more money for a border wall from other parts of the federal budget.

“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

I suspect that this is theatre.

Trump knows, because someone assuredly told him, that declaring a national emergency will not work. It will be tied up in courts and will be struck down.

But Trump doesn’t care about that. In fact, that might be a GOOD thing, as he sees it. It means he can show his base that he is doing everything in his power to get the wall up. And if it fails, which it is sure to, before the 2020 election, he can blame the courts.

Clearly, this is not an emergency, and Republicans must privately be pissed at the precedent that Trump is setting.

Yeah, this is chaos.

Other reactions:

There’s some evidence that Trump might be trying to please the pundit class, so that the stupidity and lies will trickle down to the rank-and-file, because even Fox News viewers aren’t in favor of declaring a national emergency.