President Donald Trump remains undeterred by reality in his quest for a southern border wall blocking off Mexico. This Thursday, ahead of a Senate vote on a resolution cancelling the national emergency declaration he signed over the nonexistent emergency at the border, he took to Twitter to push Senate Republicans to vote against the resolution, casting a vote in support as siding with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as if she’s some otherworldly conspiratorial devil to be avoided at all costs.
He claimed to have the support of a number of scholars without offering a single actual name.
‘Prominent legal scholars agree that our actions to address the National Emergency at the Southern Border and to protect the American people are both CONSTITUTIONAL and EXPRESSLY authorized by Congress. If, at a later date, Congress wants to update the law, I will support those efforts, but today’s issue is BORDER SECURITY and Crime!!! Don’t vote with Pelosi!’
He added, making the times he’s rambled about the need for both sides to come together all the more ironic:
‘A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!’
His reference to updating the legislation allowing for presidential declarations of national emergency covers the ultimately failed effort to translate Republican opposition to Trump’s border emergency declaration into support for a measure limiting the scope of future emergency declarations while leaving the current one alone. On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said her chamber would not be taking up the legislation, period, and on Thursday, CNN asserted the overall effort “fell apart” and Senate Republicans were still on track to support the cancellation resolution in sufficient numbers for it to pass the Republican-controlled Senate. It first passed the Democratic majority House, although it faces a looming veto threat from the president.
No matter what all caps rants the president launches into on social media, today’s issue is not border security and crime. There is no especially high rate of crime associated with undocumented immigrants, according to data from Trump’s own administration, period. He has asserted that there is a vast unreported criminal network among undocumented immigrants — and wants us and Senate Republicans to trust him on that, despite the literal thousands and thousands of times he’s been documented to have lied since taking office.
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