After learning that Trump is planning to declare a national emergency in order to force the building of his desired border wall, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hit back with a dire public warning. Precedent is a thing, she reminded him, and if he goes through with declaring an emergency on something that is definitely not an emergency, future Democratic presidents could declare all kinds of national emergencies on issues that are important to them. Like climate change. Or gun violence.
Pelosi tosses Trump’s national emergency threat back in his face: A Dem president could declare an emergency toohttps://t.co/ppUVGM5QMD— Raw Story (@RawStory) February 14, 2019
The funny (or not) thing is, Republicans have been trampling over political tradition and unwritten rules for years now. Democrats have hesitated to do the same in order to keep Republicans in check (and because they believe in the integrity of democracy or something), but it sounds like Pelosi might have finally had enough.
“I know the Republicans have some unease about it, no matter what they say,” Pelosi said. “If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people.”
“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well. So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”
Pelosi specifically brought up the issue of gun violence, probably because she knew it would upset Republicans more than anything else.
She was right.
It's as if Nancy Pelosi never heard of the Second Amendment https://t.co/1h3yQ3e6Ws— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) February 15, 2019
DID YOU HEAR PELOSI UNVEIL HER FUTIRE THREAT BY STATING THAT IF TRUMP CAN DECLARE THIS EMERGENCY OVER IMMIGRATION, THAT ANOTHER DEMOCRAT PRESIDENT COULD DO THE SAME OVER GUN CONTROL..LET THEM TRY TO TAKE OUR GUNS. THAT'S WHEN THINGS WILL GET INTERESTING ! #MAGA— ❌John Reid (@johndevonreid) February 14, 2019
Democrats citing precedent as to why Trump should not declare a national emergency is a straw man. Pelosi said a Democrat could declare a "gun emergency," and then what, deny everyone their second amendment rights? Lol, sure Nancy.— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) February 14, 2019
Declare the emergency.
Democraps will NEVER be able to take guns away from people! Never happen. That would be the start of a civil war that they would lose.— Dan Dunning. (@DunningDan) February 14, 2019
Who owns a cannon anymore?
Meanwhile, the people who realize that far more people have been killed by gun violence in the U.S. every year than have been killed by asylum seekers are suggesting other things in this country that are bigger national emergencies than desperate people seeking a future for their children.
If Trump uses the national emergency move I'd hope that the first progressive in office uses the precedent he sets to declare an emergency on Climate Change.— Melody Young (@Blake_The_Foxx) February 14, 2019
Since we have a healthcare crisis in United States Democrats could also call a national emergency in order to get Medicare for All.— Yarnie 🌹 (@TweetingYarnie) February 14, 2019
There’s a National Emergency of lack of healthcare for all citizens. Thousands die because they can’t afford to go to the doctor— NMWizard (@JZ_nm) February 14, 2019
There is no emergency at the border. crossings are at the lowest levels in a decade as trump is a global embarrassment. But go ahead declare ten emergencies. Look forward to dems having emergencies over global warming & gun restrictions..— Ken (@Kendhawks) February 14, 2019
I can think of all kinds of “emergencies” we can declare when we elect our new POTUS in 2020. Let’s start with gun control. Next let’s protect a woman’s right to choose. So many “emergencies”!!!— Callie (@Callie_inFL) February 14, 2019
Or climate change or the Republican party is actually an Russian political party!— ChisMckimie (@ristopherrocks) February 15, 2019
The National Debt is an emergency Donnie, as is health care, etc. You really don’t care, do you.— Rich P (@richnjfl) February 14, 2019
We will declare national emergencies for guns, healthcare, lack of affordable housing, and poverty.— Mike Games (@PantanoJones) February 14, 2019
It’s important to note that today is the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that ended in the deaths of 17 children and staff members. Since then, the only significant federal legislation passed that could be called gun control was a ban on “bump stocks” which basically turn semi-automatic firearms into automatic ones. This has not had an effect on the number of mass shootings or gun violence deaths in the U.S.
Very few mass shooters have been immigrants, let alone Latinx asylum seekers.