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Republicans warned the left would constitutional. Trump did it instead



T he right feared it would be the Left that would gut the Constitution. It turned out that a Republican president beat them to it by declaring a national emergency over a non-emergency to seize power.

On Friday morning, President Trump made that a reality. Speaking from the Rose Garden with the television show he loves, he stated that the problems at the southern border were a national emergency. Based on this, he claimed sweeping emergency powers.

That announcement followed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, that Trump would sign a bipartisan agreement to fund the government that includes $ 1

.375 billion for a wall and at the same time declare a national emergency.

In using an emergency declaration to get more money for Trump's wall, Republican leadership, both the president and the Senate majority leader, do almost exactly what they have long criticized political opponents of trying to do: using the Constitution or at least the law, as malleable documents capable of being molded into whatever version suits the partisan ends.

The problems at the border are rooted in a policy issue, not an emergency. It's something the Congress needs to work out. The mere fact that the Congress has not acted does not constitute an emerging crisis requiring funding sources outside the normal constitutional order.

Indeed, even Trump made clear that illegal border crossings have been at some of their lowest points in decades tweeting : "Because of the Trump Administrations actions, Border Crossings are still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. " That data is right, by the way.

In its relentless determination to demonize political foes, the right overlooked by one of its own making. National security should never have been allowed to become the carte blanche it has become. Conservatives will live to regret this use of emergency powers, because it will be used in ways they will not like.

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