Last Friday, the Commander in Chief boldly proclaimed, “I, DONALD J. TRUMP, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution... hereby declare that a national emergency exists at the southern border of the United States.”
Predictably, a frenzy ensued.
Over a dozen states led by California are clamoring to take Trump to court to stop him in his presidential tracks.
New York firebrand Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez posted a defiant video on her Instagram account wailing that the wall is “an immoral abomination” and “a monument to white supremacy.” She also complained that the nation’s capital is full of spies. “It’s like so weird. It’s like everybody is, like, a spy.”
In a televised address from the Rose Garden, Trump assured the public that, “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border, and we’re going to do it one way or the other.” The president intends to countermand $8 billion in defense spending for an additional 230 miles of barriers along the southern border.
Supporters of the move point out that previous presidents have declared 58 national emergencies since 1979. Thirty one declarations are still in effect. Moreover, Democrats and their media allies have often and loudly condemned what they descry as a humanitarian crisis at the border.
But Trump may have undermined his call for urgent action when he conceded, “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.”
The president fully expects his latest wind up to wind up being litigated in the Supreme Court. He hopes that there, at least, he’ll “get a fair shake.”