Trump Accidentally Admitted There Is No Emergency Even As He Declared One

Today President Trump took the unprecedented step of declaring a national emergency on the southern U.S. border in an attempt to bypass Congress and build his border wall. In his speech, Trump noted that there would undoubtedly be court challenges to his declaration and he might have inadvertently provided ammunition to the challengers.

There were a lot of strange moments during Trump’s “national emergency” press conference today. For example, here’s Trump doing a sing-song play-by-play of how the legal battle surrounding his declaration could play out:

During Trump’s fatalistic rant, he noted that the legal challenges could follow a similar path as the court battle over his Muslim ban. The first Muslim ban was struck down, forcing Trump’s administration to rework the executive order so that it might pass muster (which they did, twice). Eventually, the third version of the ban was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.

In order to be deemed constitutional, Trump’s “Muslim ban” had to at least appear as though it wasn’t an attempt to ban an entire religion from entering the United States. Sean Spicer famously insisted it wasn’t a “travel ban” only to later be undermined by tweets from his boss. In legal challenges, Trump’s own words were used by plaintiffs to show that, yes, it was the “Muslim ban.”

During his play-by-play, Trump failed to mention that he was (in part) responsible for hamstringing his own travel ban policy by shooting off his mouth, but he did remember to… shoot off his mouth. Trump said (again, while declaring a national emergency) that he “didn’t have to do this.”


And people definitely noticed. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi noticed:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noticed:

Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway noticed:

The director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project definitely noticed, and they took the lead in challenging the Muslim ban:

Democrats on the House Judiciary committee have already announced that they’re planning on investigating Trump’s fake emergency:

Meanwhile, Republicans are trying to blame Trump’s unprecedented and dangerous emergency declaration on Democrats:

This blame shifting might be because—just like with Trump’s government shutdown—this latest stunt to please his base and build his wall is very, very unpopular:

But hey, Sean Hannity likes it!

h/t: Washington Post