President Donald Trump is already preparing to declare a national emergency in a direct abuse of power to get his hands on not $5.7 billion, but $7 billion for his wall despite massive opposition from the American people.
Trump has been itching to declare an unconstitutional national emergency for weeks now even though no such emergency exists, but as the government shutdown continues into the 35th day, Trump continues to not get his way with Congress for a wall on the southern border and he’s getting desperate because the wall is the best way to pander to his base and satisfy his own ego. The wall would be a racist symbol and a monument to Trump’s vanity.
“The massive amount of aliens who unlawfully enter the United States each day is a direct threat to the safety and security of our nation and constitutes a national emergency,” a draft proclamation says. “Now, therefore, I, Donald J. Trump, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C 1601, et seq.), hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States.”
Trump aims to seize federal funds from various departments that have already been earmarked for other projects by Congress such as “$681 million from Treasury forfeiture funds, $3.6 billion in military construction, $3 billion in Pentagon civil works funds, and $200 million in Department of Homeland Security funds.”
If Trump pulls the trigger on a national emergency, he would have unprecedented power. He could seize control of the Internet, stop investigations against him, cancel elections, take control of the media, have his political opponents and critics arrested, declare martial law and a whole slew of other powers that would make him the dictator he has always wanted to be.
Of course, seeing as how a national emergency does not actually exist, such a proclamation would be immediately challenged in court, as would Trump’s plan to seize private property on which to build the wall since most landowners along the border refuse to give up their land. Furthermore, a wall expert has already pointed out that Trump’s wall would cause more problems than it solves. And it won’t even stop drugs or illegal immigration.
Trump has repeatedly boasted on Twitter about how the border is “tight” and statistics show that illegal immigration is the lowest on record. But he wants us to believe that the United States is being “invaded” and that building the wall is the only solution.
As usual, Trump is lying because he had two years to get a Republican-controlled Congress to approve the wall and he didn’t do it. It’s apparently only an emergency now that Democrats control the House.
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