Following announcements Monday evening by every major news network that they intend to air President Donald Trump’s scheduled Oval Office address Tuesday at 9:00 pm EST, Democrat congressional leaders issued a statement demanding they be given air time for a rebuttal.
“Now that the television networks have decided to air the President’s address, which if his past statements are any indication will be full of malice and misinformation, Democrats must immediately be given equal airtime,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement.
Why? To push back on what they claim will be the president’s “misinformation” regarding the ongoing government shutdown.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 8, 2019
As of Tuesday, the government has been shutdown for 17 days, making it one of the longest government shutdowns in U.S. history.
The shutdown was triggered last month after Senate Democrats refused to lend their support to an omnibus spending bill that would have funded the government and also appropriated money for the wall that the president would like built along the southern U.S. border.
According to Democrats, spending money on a wall would be a wasteful endeavor that would do nothing to stop illegal immigration. But according to the president, congressional Republicans and the Republican National Committee, that’s a bald-faced lie.
A new website, BorderFacts.com, launched this week by the RNC notes the following four facts:
“Fact #1: In four Customs and Border Protection sectors where physical barriers have been expanded — El Paso, Yuma, Tucson, and San Diego — illegal traffic has dropped by at least 90%.”
“Fact #2: In fiscal year 2018, U.S. Border Patrol seized or helped seize 282,000 pounds of cocaine, 248,000 pounds of methamphetamine, 6,500 pounds of heroin, and 2,400 pounds of fentanyl.”
“Fact #3: In 2018, over 17,000 adults arrested at the border had prior criminal records. This included over 6,000 gang members, a major number of those members were from MS-13.”
“Fact #4: The Democrats would rather risk the safety of hard-working Americans than work with President Trump to secure our nation’s borders. But in 2013, all 54 Senate Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, voted to pass legislation that provided $46 billion to build a physical barrier on the border.”
“Fact #5: Nancy Pelosi and her hyper-liberal Congressional colleagues just passed a bill to give $54 BILLION to foreign governments, but Democrats won’t allow just $5 billion to secure our borders and protect American citizens.”
The president is expected to lay out some of these facts in his speech Tuesday evening.
I am pleased to inform you that I will Address the Nation on the Humanitarian and National Security crisis on our Southern Border. Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2019
Every major news network has confirmed that it intends to air the speech:
CBS will take Trump’s oval office speech live, per a spokeswoman.
“CBS will take the President’s address to the nation tomorrow night. The address will start at 9:01:30 and will run no longer than 8 minutes, according to the White House.”
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) January 7, 2019
ABC will air Trump as well.
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) January 7, 2019
NBC News will air Trump speech Tuesday night.
— Joe Flint (@JBFlint) January 7, 2019
— A.J. Katz (@ajkatztv) January 8, 2019
It’s unclear which networks, besides CNN, will air the Democrat rebuttal.
CNN plans to take the Democratic response live, the network announces; it’s unclear who will deliver the Dem speech
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 8, 2019
According to reports, the president may also use his speech to declare a national emergency so that he may bypass the authority of Congress and begin construction of a border wall immediately.
While some sources say the president boasts the authority to do as such, others have warned that he could face pushback from the country’s left-wing-dominated courts.
What also remains unclear is whether the public at large would support such a move. A non-scientific poll conducted by Nashville station WKRN over the weekend found that out of 16,852 participants, 59 percent would support Trump declaring a national emergency.
This support likely stems from an emerging awareness among the American people of the immense costs being borne by families like them because of illegal immigration:
The response on social media seems to mirror the response seen at WKRN.
Retweet if you want @realDonaldTrump to declare a national emergency so the Wall gets built.
— Derek Utley (@realDerekUtley) January 4, 2019
Should @realDonaldTrump declare a national emergency on our southern border and build the wall.
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) January 5, 2019
— Antonio Sabáto Jr ?? (@AntonioSabatoJr) January 7, 2019
— Israel&IrishHeart (@Hallelluyaah) January 8, 2019
Thank you President Trump! Best President ever! I look forward to your address tomorrow. Declare a National Emergency & build the Wall! 25 billion!
— Susan 0 (@slopotko) January 8, 2019
I and so many Americans are seeing the results from your tireless work for MAKING AMERICA GREAT / AMERICA FIRST Campaign… Thank you Mr. President Trump for being a TRUE REAL DEAL LEADER ! I will be watching in SUPPORT. National Emergency YES ! @realDonaldTrump @POTUS @VP
— Dan legna (@HotdesertAz65) January 8, 2019
We the people support you!! We have known that immigration has been a national Emergency for many many years!! We need immigration reform, our Congress doesn’t seem to ever get this done!! That is why we are here today!! Thank you POUSA!!
— Candie (@1rancan) January 8, 2019
Thank you! Declare a national emergency send the military in and #BuildThatWall
— I LOVE TRUMP (@BarbequeMommy) January 8, 2019
Looking forward to it. I hope you clear an national emergency and get that wall built. Thank you for all you do for us.
— caroline (@carolinern) January 8, 2019
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