A furious Nancy Pelosi just responded to the huge news that Trump will go it alone and declare a national emergency to deal with the crisis at the border with a double threat.
First, she basically said the next Democrat president will declare and a national emergency over guns and go after the 2nd amendment.
She also threatened Trump directly saying she may file a legal challenge. Pelosi said:
“If you want to talk about emergencies, that’s a national emergency… If you want to go down that path, then let’s look at what really is a national emergency. But I’m not advocating for any president doing an end run around Congress.”
“It’s not an emergency, what’s happening at the border… I know Republicans have some unease about it… Because if he can declare an emergency on an illusion, just think of what a POTUS w/different values can present to the American people.”
“You want to talk about a national emergency, let’s talk about today-the one year anniversary on another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. Why don’t you declare THAT emergency, Mr. President. I wish you would.”
“You want to talk about a national emergency? Gun violence is a national emergency. […] A Democratic President could declare that. […] This decision should be met with some dismay from republican leaders, about the door they are opening
From Reuters: The top Democrat in the U.S. Congress said on Thursday she might file a legal challenge if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency to secure funds to build a wall along the U.S. southern border, as the White House has said he would.
“I may,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said when asked by a reporter whether she would file a legal challenge. “We will review our options,” she said, adding that Democrats would response “appropriately.”
“Want to talk about a national emergency? Let’s talk about today” referring to the anniversary of Parkland. “…the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency.”
A few minutes later, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer responded to word that Trump would declare a national emergency, saying, “I hope he won’t. That would be a very wrong thing to do.”
Shortly after Schumer spoke, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed that Trump would make the moves.
“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,” Sanders said in a statement. “The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”
Speaker Pelosi warns Republicans of precedent set by Pres. Trump declaring a national emergency "on something that he has created as an emergency."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 14, 2019
Nancy Pelosi warns Republicans that a future Democratic president could declare gun violence a national emergency and do his/her own end-run around Congress. pic.twitter.com/OLE3vHY7ui
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) February 14, 2019