Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii is a far-left kook. He’s the one who said the Border Patrol is using tear gas WMDs at the border, caring nothing about the fact that the officers were under threat. Given his contempt for the right, it is a shock that he admitted the President has the right to declare the crisis at the border a national emergency.
The President can possibly use eminent domain to take land on the border and he can pull from the Department of Defense slush fund.
The President doesn’t want to do it, but the reporter asked and he answered honestly. “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely. We can do it. I haven’t done it, I may do it. I may do it, but we can call a national emergency and build it quickly, it’s another way of doing it,” he said.
President Trump: “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely. We can do it. I haven’t done it, I may do it. I may do it, but we can call a national emergency and build it quickly, it’s another way of doing it.” https://t.co/HDOsEUXB9u pic.twitter.com/VlSeUiFK0W
— The Hill (@thehill) January 5, 2019
SCHATZ ADMITTED HE CAN DO IT
Democrats likely discussed this possibility before now, but their heades are exploding.
Schatz reluctantly admitted it is the case: “Seems POTUS has broad authority under the National Emergencies Act to undertake military construction projects if a national emergency is declared. So the question is not whether he is in possession of this power but rather whether it ought to be used this way.”
Seems POTUS has broad authority under the National Emergencies Act to undertake military construction projects if a national emergency is declared. So the question is not whether he is in possession of this power but rather whether it ought to be used this way.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 4, 2019
Creepy president-wannabe Swalwell tweeted a snide non sequitur. Alinsky would be proud.
There is a national emergency alright. He lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 5, 2019
It set off the open borders leftists
Central lesson of Korematsu is that very bad things happen when the President uses the national emergency excuse to violate the Constitution.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 5, 2019
FWIW, @chrislhayes, not even a declaration of “national emergency” would enable Trump to seize the private property needed for his wall without specific authorization from Congress. Truman learned that the hard way in SCOTUS’s Steel Seizure decision (1952)(enjoining the seizure). https://t.co/fXRtSBQs6x
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) January 5, 2019
The leftists just won’t believe that 2,300 anonymous people pouring into the USA every day is a problem. Behar thinks it’s the “greatest abuse of power in US history”, but he is forgetting FDR imprisoned innocent Japanese-Americans, and turned back Jews fleeing Hitler. He doesn’t seem to remember the Clintons’ illicit dealings with China and Russia, and we could go on.
I’m not an alarmist, but I feel America isn’t sufficiently alarmed that the Prez has threatened to create a phony national emergency to circumvent congressional approval and ram through his wholly unnecessary wall.
This would be the greatest abuse of power in US history
— Bryan Behar (@bryanbehar) January 5, 2019
They think it’s a “manufactured crisis”.
Trump is talking about declaring a national emergency in response to a “crisis” that he has manufactured. Read this to understand why that threat is such an imminent danger to American democracy. https://t.co/oeG5ALzeeD
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) January 5, 2019
The Right Reacted very differently
Definition of Border Denialism:
1) The belief that physical barriers can simply be “climbed over”…just like that.
2) The belief that there’s “no real problem” on the border because 400,000 illegals apprehended on border per year is “insignificant.”
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 5, 2019
60,000 drug deaths in a year.
That alone makes it a national emergency. https://t.co/UF2XYD0Go3
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) January 5, 2019
If Trump declares a “National Emergency” on the border, how does he use that to fund the wall?
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) January 5, 2019
Trump should declare a national emergency for border security
Millions of tons of opioids is a national emergency
Tens of thousands of kids being sex trafficked is a national emergency
MS13 members coming across the border is a national emergency
Declare a emergency, build it
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 5, 2019
— David Stoll Sr (@StollSr) January 4, 2019