While en route to the southern U.S. border Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump posted a trollish tweet thanking former President Barack Hussein Obama for his “great support” in regard to the president’s ongoing battle with the Democrats for border wall funding.
“President Obama, thank you for your great support – I have been saying this all along!” the president wrote in a tweet that contained a video of remarks made by Obama in 2014.
During a speech on June 30 of that year about border security and immigration reform, the then-president readily admitted that America was facing an “actual humanitarian crisis.”
“We now have an actual humanitarian crisis on the border that only underscores the need to drop the politics and fix our immigration system once and for all,” he said at the time.
There are a couple key differences though between the current president’s recent rhetoric and actions vis-à-vis the still-ongoing crisis along the border, and those of his predecessor.
First, when Trump recently declared there to be a crisis along the border, both Democrats and their media allies began panning him for creating what they’ve dubbed a “manufactured crisis.”
Second, whereas Obama did little to nothing to secure the border, the current president convinced the then-GOP-led House to pass a spending bill last month that contained roughly $5 billion in funding for the construction of a border wall that would reduce illegal immigration.
Because of obstruction by Democrats, who as of Jan. 3 now control the House, that bill remains perpetually stalled. As a result, the government has been in a shutdown for roughly three weeks.
President Obama, thank you for your great support – I have been saying this all along! pic.twitter.com/L506g9Aq4z
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2019
Fast forward to early Thursday morning, when the president set out for the southern U.S. border to analyze the situation and speak with U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Besides tweeting while en route to the border, the president also spent a few moments talking to reporters about the ongoing shutdown battle and the Democrats refusal to fund a border wall that’s been proven would reduce illegal immigration and thus illegal immigrant crime.
“They don’t give a damn about crime,” he said. “They don’t care about crime. They don’t care about gang members coming in and stabbing people and cutting people up. They don’t care about crime.”
The evidence suggests he’s right. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and their Democrat peers in Congress never speak about the victims of illegal immigrant crime. Nor do they ever meet with “angel families” to talk about their pain.
“No Democratic politician will ever meet with us. They will never meet with us when we go to DC because they can’t face us,” angel mom Mary Ann Mendoza, the mother of deceased Arizona police Sgt. Brandon Mendoza, noted during a rally held last month at the San Ysidro border in California.
“I want to ask Nancy Pelosi a question, and I hope she hears this: How much would the cost of the wall mean to you, Nancy, if it could be predicted that a loved one of yours would be saved two years from now because that wall was built?” she added.
It could even be argued that Obama cared more about illegal immigrant crime than congressional Democrats currently do, as evidenced by something else he said in his 2014 speech.
“Protecting public safety and deporting dangerous criminals has been and will remain the top priority, but we are going to refocus our efforts where we can to make sure we do what it takes to keep our border secure,” he said at the time.
What remains unclear is how the president intends to end the ongoing shutdown. His only options are to either capitulate to the Democrats, wait it out in the hopes that Democrats cave or declare a national emergency to build the wall via executive fiat.
“I have the absolute right to declare a national emergency, the lawyers have so advised me,” he said to reporters Thursday. “I’m not prepared to do that yet, but if I have to, I will. I have no doubt about it. I have the absolute right to declare.”
“If this doesn’t work out, probably I will do it. I would almost say, definitely. This is a national emergency. … If we don’t make a deal, I would say it would be very surprising to me that I would not declare a national emergency.”
He added that he hasn’t declared an emergency yet because he’d rather build the wall through via: “I’d like to do the deal through Congress, and because it makes sense to do it through Congress.”
It’s unclear when his patience with the Democrats will run out, though it’s clear from a cursory glance of social media that the patience of many Americans already ran out a long time ago.
.@realDonaldTrump, please declare a state of emergency.
How many more children have to be sex trafficked?
How many more Americans have to die from opioids?
How many more criminal illegal aliens will murder us? #TrumpAddress
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 8, 2019
DECLARE A STATE OF EMERGENCY
BUILD THE WALL
SEND A PRESIDENTIAL ALERT THROUGH THE PHONES TO RUB IT IN THEIR FACE
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) January 9, 2019
— Enaid Yretciva (@enaid_yretciva) January 10, 2019
Time to declare a national emergency like Lincoln did and SHUT them all down.
We are very tired of their treason and FakeNews
NO NEWS is better then FakeNews
— LETS DO SOMETHING (@UseltonP) January 10, 2019
People n Tennessee this morning calling n to TalkRadio 99.7 are telling “you” DONT CAVE, DONT GIVE N, DECLARE NATIONAL EMERGENCY IF NECESSARY … THE people are sick and tired of AMERICA being unsafe!
— In God We Trust ??? (@4djt2016) January 10, 2019
@realDonaldTrump Declare National Emergency. Build The Wall. We are tired of democrats who do not care if one of us gets murdered. ENOUGH!
— Michael Howe (@MichaelHowe01) January 10, 2019
@realDonaldTrump National Emergency should have been declared a yr ago on the Border why r u just noticing we r in trouble at the Border quit waiting on the Democrats because they r trying to Bankrupt America we r tired of paying for the illegal immigrants
— peach (@peach55160140) January 10, 2019
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