When Senator McConnell announced Trump will declare a national emergency to secure border funding, it's no surprise Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer went nuts. They strongly attacked the president after the announcement.
On Thursday Pelosi and Schumer said that Trump declaring this national emergency is a lawless act as well as a gross abuse of power. They also claim that he is trying to distract his base from breaking his main campaign promises of building the wall and Mexico paying for it.
Then Nancy Pelosi took things to the next level as only she can do. She attacked the 2nd Amendment and said that the next president could declare a national emergency to take people's guns.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) February 14, 2019
Per The Hill:
"A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well," Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. "So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."Pelosi noted that Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 students and faculty dead. She argued that the real national emergency is not illegal border crossings, but gun violence in the U.S."Let's talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America," Pelosi said. "That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would."But a Democratic president can do that."
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) took to Twitter to take a shot at President Trump and attempt to drive down the importance of the border wall.
Gun violence is a national emergency
Climate Change is a national emergency
Income inequality is a national emergency
Access to healthcare is a national emergency
Building a wall on the southern border is not.
— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) February 14, 2019
Just before Pelosi spoke it was announced that President Trump would sign an enormous spending deal that will keep another government shutdown from happening. The new agreement includes $1.375 billion to construct 55 miles of new barrier at the U.S.-Mexico border. That is nowhere near the $5.7 billion President Trump was looking for during the last shutdown.
Democrats are ready to challenge this move according to House Majority Leader Steny Hower.
"We think the president would be on very weak legal ground to proceed on this, and I'm sure that if he chose to do that, that we would test it in the courts," Hoyer said. "And you've heard a lot of Republicans express a similar sentiment."
Well, it's happening.
President Trump declares national emergency
Likely to be used in future lawsuits: Trump on his national emergency declaration: "I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster ... I just want to get it done faster." Via CNN pic.twitter.com/HcPrQdhRJ9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 15, 2019