President Donald Trump decided to do two of his favorite things Monday afternoon: Tweet out false information and declare that the Constitution isn’t important as it applies to things he wants to do, such as the border wall:
Republican Senators have a very easy vote this week. It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. It is an 80% positive issue. The Dems are 100% United, as usual, on a 20% issue, Open Borders and Crime. Get tough R’s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
First, a fact-check is needed on the 80 percent claim, because it’s patently false.
A recent Gallup poll showed that 60 percent of those surveyed said they oppose new construction on a border wall.
When it comes to Trump’s national emergency declaration, a Politico poll taken in late February made it clear that Americans don’t support that either:
“Fewer than 4 in 10 voters support Trump’s declaration, the poll shows — less than the 51 percent who oppose it. In fact, the percentage of poll respondents who ‘strongly oppose’ Trump’s decision, 41 percent, is greater than the combined share of those who ‘strongly support’ — 26 percent — or ‘somewhat support’ — 13 percent — the national emergency declaration.”
Trump’s remark about the wall not being about “Constitutionality and Precedent” was also met with reminders that despite his deepest wishes of being emperor, we don’t have Caesars in this republic:
“Congress, please ignore the Constitution.”
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 11, 2019
So the Constitution doesn’t matter? The Supreme Court disagrees.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 11, 2019
Look mom I made up numbers.
— US SpaceForce (@USSSpaceForce) March 11, 2019
I’m 100% positive that 80% of your body is just stuck together by fried chicken grease.
— Single-Cell Shark (@be77d) March 11, 2019
BULLSHIT. There is NO national emergency. Just a FAKE crisis created by a humiliated FAKE president who’s desperate to fulfill a moronic, reprehensible, racist campaign promise… #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 11, 2019
Did the president of the United States just say he doesn’t care about the legality of his actions?
— ladyfaith (@ladyfaith) March 11, 2019
No Mr President it is about Constitutionality the fact that cause you didn’t get what you wanted you are trying to skip the constitution. Maybe you need reminded you are one of three equal branches of government not a dictator.
— Bob (@Bigboo1960) March 11, 2019
It’s called separation of powers. I’d ask you to look it up but I know better.
— Guy Romano (@GuyMasterD) March 11, 2019
Those who would give up essential Liberty to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
— Tom Holmes (@tomholmes2016) March 11, 2019
— Jessica (@JA19391) March 11, 2019
Just a reminder – You and every Senator took an oath to defend the Constitution, which means that every vote and every action you and they take while in office is, by definition, about constitutionality.
— Tim Sullivan (@SulliTM) March 11, 2019
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