Speaking early on Friday from the White House Rose Garden, President Trump announced, “I’m going to be signing a national emergency, and it’s been signed many times before, by many presidents. It’s rarely been a problem … nobody cared.”
But, now they do care – at least the Trump-hating left “cares” a lot. Not only are countless celebrities and media pundits incensed over the idea of an ‘immoral’ border wall, but they’re doubly enraged – and seemingly frightened — that Trump is using his presidential power in unprecedented ways.
Only like Trump said, it’s nothing new.
In fact, dozens of active national emergencies are still active and 12 of them were issued by Obama alone.
There are currently 31 active national emergencies and 12 emergencies were declared by President Obama. Perhaps a bad precedent on executive power, but weird to blame Trump for it.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) February 14, 2019
Sebastian Gorka, Trump’s former deputy advisor on national security affairs, noted that over 30 of national emergencies declared by past presidents still remain active today.
Remember: 31 national emergencies have been declared by previous presidents that remain active today (most states of emergency must be renewed annually). https://t.co/ynSR7GFxLH
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 14, 2019
In his remarks Friday, Trump admitted he expects there will be legal action but is confident the Supreme Court will ultimately back his authority.
“We’ll end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully get a fair shake and win in the Supreme Court just like the ban,” he said.
Hours later, Trump made it official with a National Emergency Declaration to build a border security wall to help ensure the sovereignty of America and keep its citizens safe.
— Jesse Lee Peterson (@JLPtalk) February 15, 2019
Despite the record of many past presidents using executive actions in declaring states of emergency, the left as been engaged in a collective meltdown over Trump’s move because, well, it’s Trump after all. CNN’s Don Lemon was schooled after a lengthy rant about it on “CNN Tonight” Thursday.
Um…Obama unilaterally decided to disregard the law with his DACA executive action. Trump is following the National Emergencies Act which was passed by Congress. I know you are dumb @donlemon but this one is pretty simple.
— Lance Dragan (@jthunders13) February 15, 2019
Hollywood also could hardly contain itself and publicly overreacted to the impending “dictatorship.”
A national emergency is climate change – not your stupid wall. The courts will likely stop you anyway. https://t.co/7XjhNdKbFe
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 14, 2019
Donald Trump’s purported determination to declare a “national emergency”to build his wall is a giant step away from democracy and a giant step toward dictatorship. He means to destroy an American form of government that has survived for 200+years.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) February 14, 2019
trump stress ball pic.twitter.com/d52wUKhVpe
— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 14, 2019
Well, we can add another sickening example of abuse of power to the ever expanding list of impeachable offenses. To declare a national emergency that doesn’t exist, except for the one created by the Pathological Liar, is beyond the height abusive political pandering.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) February 14, 2019
Hey Trump voters
He’s declaring a national emergency so he can make you pay for his wall.
Happy Valentines Day!
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) February 14, 2019
So, Mexico wouldn’t pay for the wall, Congress wouldn’t pay for the wall, even a gofundme wouldn’t pay for the wall. Obviously, now it’s a goddamn national emergency.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) February 14, 2019
If Trump declares a national emergency, what then will be the extent of his powers?
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 14, 2019