National Emergency

On Friday, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency. He did this in order to reallocate billions of dollars in emergency funds to be used to build a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. This wall is desperately needed in order to protect America from the hordes of dozens, nay, hundreds of poor and unarmed women and children flooding over the border in order to bring drugs and crime which otherwise don’t exist in our country.

Trump said that this wall is necessary in order to stop all drug and human trafficking and will bring crime as we know it to a standstill.  Thus why it was so urgent to declare this state of emergency.

After the announcement, Trumps retreated to the White House where he spent the entire weekend in the War Room with his top advisers in marathon sessions of planning and strategizing, trying to nail down the best path forward. With the fate of the country in the balance, Trump decided that there would be no rest until the job is done.

Just kidding.

Trump didn’t do any of that. Right after the announcement, Lord Dampnut boarded Air Force One and flew down to Mar-A-Largo in Florida where he spent the weekend golfing, watching Saturday Night Live, and tweeting about his dissatisfaction with S&L for making fun of him for declaring a national emergency and immediately going to his resort.

Happy Presidents’ Day #MarALardass

The Red Hats are Coming

Over the weekend, a video went viral showing a group of the younger members of Trump’s Red Hat Brigade mocking and taunting a Native American Vietnam veteran during a rally for indigenous peoples’ rights. The Red Hats smugly mocked the man’s chant and engaged in some of their own anti-immigrant chants like “Build the wall” and “Keep America American”.

They chanted “Build the wall” at a Native American.

Native. American.

It’s a pretty disturbing video but for the stupidity on display. The behavior of the high school boys has been roundly condemned, even by their own school, but one of the (very small) silver linings of the video however, is that it once again shines a light on the lie that is Trumpian immigration policy.

Trump has been keeping the Government shut down for the last month, forcing hundreds of thousands of Government workers to be furloughed or work without pay, because he demands funding for his border wall. He and his surrogates insist that the wall is necessary to national security and would be super effective in curtailing illegal immigration and drug trafficking and is totally not just a giant middle finger to non-white people.

Republicans have been insisting for over a decade that they’re not racist, they’re just against illegal immigration, yet here we have a bunch of #MAGA boys chanting “Build the wall.” at a Naive American. Trump continues to put the children of asylum seekers in prison camps with no significant push-back from his party. As congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out after Trump’s national address, the Trump administration is doing all it can to curtail legal immigration like ending family reunification and the diversity lottery program.

I’m beginning to think that the wall is not really about “illegal immigration”.

Trumpster Fire

Lord Dampnut is apparently going to hold a “Fireside Chat” later tonight with the country regarding his wall and why he has chosen to throw such a pee-pants tantrum over the $5 billion in funding that he wants for it. Which would only cover a portion of the cost of a wall along the almost 2,000 mile border with Mexico, he insisted hundreds of times Mexico would pay for, and has claimed is already being built.

Thus why he might feel like he needs to clarify a few things…

It has been suggested by a number of people and outlets (and he himself has hinted at it) that Trump intends to declare a state of emergency at the southern border and deploy the military to build the wall. It’s not clear if that means the entire wall, or just what the $5 billion would cover. Either way, here it comes; an authoritarian declaring a state of emergency in order to bypass the legislature. That always turns awesome.

Declaring a state of emergency grants the president pretty extraordinary powers. It gives the president the authority to suspend habeas corpus and arrest dissidents without charges during an invasion or rebellion. It also allows him to sidestep the Posse Comitatus Act, which prevents the routine use of military force on American soil.

The Congressional Research Service issued a 2007 outline of powers retained by the president should be declare a national emergency:

“Under the powers delegated by such statutes, the president may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens.”

It doesn’t take a lot to imagine Trump abusing such powers.

At this point this is just speculation and it’s entirely possible that this will just be more faux tough-guy posturing in an attempt to take control of the narrative and convince Americans to blame the Democrats and revive his sinking approval ratings. On the other hand, this might just be the power grab that he and his Red Hat minions have been waiting for.

This is especially true given that Robert Mueller is expected to release his report in the near future (although who really knows), and the incoming investigations that a House or Representatives now controlled by the Democratic Party.

So strap in kiddos, things might get bumpy.