Donald Trump’s Friday morning: declare a national emergency.
Donald Trump’s Friday afternoon: jet off to Mar-a-Lago.
Things are so terrible at the border, so incredibly dangerous despite what all the statistics tell us, that it is an EMERGENCY to build a wall. The emergency is not so severe, however, that Trump doesn’t have the leisure to hang with billionaires at his private club and do some secret golfing. After a few hours of executive time, of course. The man’s got to rest up between ranting while signing some pieces of paper and getting on Air Force One.
Priorities, I tell you.
President Donald Trump claimed Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to broker peace between North and South Korea.
Trump said Abe showed the president “the most beautiful five-page letter” that he sent to the Norwegian committee that awards the prestigious diplomatic prize each year.
“He had rocket ships, and he had missiles flying over Japan, and they had alarms going off, you know that,” Trump said of Abe, speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday. “Now all of a sudden, they feel good. They feel safe. I did that.”
The Japanese embassy in Washington did not immediately return an email seeking confirmation that Abe had, in fact, submitted Trump’s name for the peace prize.
This man is an embarrassment.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency as a pretext for building his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but the president often went off on strange and unrelated tangents about China, North Korea and other topics.
Trump’s rambling address was an utterly bizarre spectacle even by his own standards — here were the seven craziest moments.
1.) Trump marvels at the economic potential of the communist dictatorship in North Korea. The president once again touted his “great relationship” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and said he could imagine North Korea becoming a major economic hub in the coming years given its location near Russia, China and South Korea.
“It’s right smack in the middle!” Trump said of the country’s location. “Phenomenal!”
2.) Trump once again rants about women being tied up and having tape put over their mouths. While talking about the dangers of undocumented immigrants, Trump once again returned to one of his favorite topics: Women kidnapped by human traffickers.
“You can’t take [women & girls] through ports of entry,” Trump said, describing a need to build a border wall. “You can’t have them tied up in the backseat of a car… they can’t see three women with tape on their mouths or three women whose hands are tied.”
Customs and Border Patrol reports they have not a single instance of finding or hearing about girls, women, men, boys, or anyone else being found bound and gagged with tape.
3.) Trump praises China for executing drug dealers. Trump dubiously claimed that there is no problem with drug addiction in China because its government simply has drug dealers killed.
“Their criminal list is much tougher than our criminal list,” the president said of China. “Their criminal list, the drug dealer gets a thing called the death penalty! Our criminal list, a drug dealer gets a thing called, ‘How about a fine!’”
4.) Trump rips his fellow Republicans for not building the wall during his first two years in office. The president seemed to take a veiled shot at former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who for two years did not fight to fund the president’s wall.
“We have a little disappointment for the first year and a half,” he said. “People that should have stepped up didn’t step up. They didn’t step up and they should have. It would’ve been easy.”
5.) Trump admits that his emergency order will likely go down in flames in U.S. courts.
“We will have a national emergency,” Trump said, before adding, “and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the Ninth Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling, we’ll get another bad ruling, then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, then hopefully we’ll get a fair shake, and we’ll win in the Supreme Court.”
6.) Trump rambles about right-wing talk show hosts who say nice things about him. The president gave a special shout out to the conservative pundits who pushed him to shut down the federal government, and he even praised Rush Limbaugh for having the stamina to talk on the radio for three straight hours.
“Sean Hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do,” Trump said. “Rush Limbaugh, I think he’s a great guy. For 3 hours, he speaks. He’s got one of the biggest audiences.”
7.) Trump admits he didn’t actually need to sign an emergency order to build the wall.
“I didn’t need to do this,” Trump said of the emergency order. “But I’d rather do it much faster.”
Admitting this could undercut Trump’s legal argument that he had to declare a national emergency, as it is difficult to argue that you needed to do something when you admit that you didn’t need to do it.
This man is a goddam fool. And you TeaPublicans are just as stupid as he is.
Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Friday, February 15.
- Brexit chaos: Theresa May loses yet another Brexit vote (The UK seems hell-bent on destroying itself.)
- Trump Plans $8 Billion for Border Wall Invoking His Own Authority (Totally unacceptable. Can you even *imagine* the reaction by the right wing if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton had done this???)
- ‘Off the rails’: Inside Trump’s attempt to claim victory in his border wall defeat
- Trump shocks GOP with emergency declaration (“Senate Republicans were stunned to learn Trump is ignoring their warnings against such a move.” Why would they be surprised? It’s authoritarian, batshit-crazy Donald Trump, after all.)
- Want to Challenge Trump’s Border ‘Emergency’? Get in Line
- National Emergencies Are for Autocrats (“Trump’s proposed executive order to build his border wall is the clearest sign yet he’s abusing the presidency.”)
- Pelosi warns GOP: Next president could declare national emergency on guns (Could also do so on the climate crisis, on crumbling national infrastructure, on protecting voting rights from GOP assault, or any number of issues.)
- National emergency will be blocked by courts temporarily, DOJ warns White House (Given that there’s no emergency, it’s insane to allow the president to declare one. If this is allowed, then basically ANY president could declare a “national emergency” for just about anything. That’s NOT how our democracy is supposed to work.)
- We have a national emergency, all right. Its name is Donald Trump.
- No ‘Emergency’ Will Allow Trump to Build His Wall (“There’s no escape clause in the Constitution that lets him defy Congress.”)
- House Democrats to challenge Trump’s emergency declaration; Republicans divided on action (Republicans worthless as usual.)
- Trump Will Declare a National Emergency. What Happens Next? (“Congress has tools to override the president’s declaration, but opponents most likely do not have the votes to overcome a veto.”)
- An emergency declaration by Trump will lead to lawsuits. Lots of them.
- A Trump-Made Emergency (“The president decides that fulfilling a campaign promise is more important than respecting the separation of powers.” Also, again, there’s no emergency!)
- Trump Keeps Doubling Down On The Same Failed Strategy(“If Trump follows through on the emergency declaration, he’ll be doing something that large majorities of Americans oppose — and he’ll be doing it at right as his job approval ratings had begun to rebound following the partial government shutdown in December and January. Indeed, the act of declaring a national emergency to build a wall is even more unpopular than the wall itself — and the wall isn’t popular.”)
- The New Republican Strategy for Dealing with the Emergency That Is Trump: Pray (“No one these days, not even the loyal Republican guard on Capitol Hill, can predict what Trump, increasingly cornered by the results of a midterm election that handed Democrats control of the House of Representatives, will do or say. There is no Team Trump from the President’s point of view, only a leader and his followers, yet the entire Trump Presidency is an extended reminder of the fact that it’s awfully hard to follow if you don’t know where the leader wants you to go.”)
- Republicans distance themselves from Trump’s border wall ’emergency’ (“A future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal.” And in the case of climate change, it actually WOULD be an emergency!)
- Trump’s presidency enters a new imperial phase — and Mitch McConnell just rolls over (McConnell continues to be a disgrace. He’s gotta go in 2020 – c’mon Kentucky!)
- Ex-RNC Chair Michael Steele Warns GOP On Trump’s Emergency: You Will Rue This (“He said Republicans will have ‘no credence, no authority’ to block future national emergencies by a Democratic president.”)
- The Senate’s Russia Probe Is Facing a Reckoning (“Meanwhile, the Democratic-led House committee is gearing up for a reinvigorated inquiry.”)
- Winners and losers in the border security deal (WINNERS: Speaker Pelosi, “Women as leaders on a powerful committee,” Federal workers; LOSERS: Trump, House conservatives, “Federal contractors and women programs”)
- 2020 Democrats split on spending deal (Booker, Gillibrand, Harris and Warren voted no.)
- Andrew McCabe’s disturbing account of working for Sessions and Trump (“It’s a startling portrait that suggests that the Trump administration’s reputation for baseness and dysfunction has, if anything, been understated and too narrowly attributed to the president.”)
- The Senate confirms Bill Barr as attorney general (“There are still outstanding questions about how much of the Mueller report he’s actually willing to share.”)
- GOP Looks to Turn Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal on Democrats
- Why Does the Catholic Church Keep Failing on Sexual Abuse?
- Amazon Pulls Out of Planned New York City Headquarters (“The tech giant canceled its plan to build a campus in Queens after facing fierce opposition from lawmakers and unions opposed to the nearly $3 billion in government incentives. The company had said the deal would have created over 25,000 jobs, but it stirred a debate that touched on rising costs of living and the city’s very identity.”)
- Amazon to New York: Drop dead (“They assumed their consumer popularity translated into a free ticket to gentrify and instead got their lunch handed to them”)
- The Useful Idealism of the Green New Deal (“Democrats need a sweeping vision for a post-Trump world.”)
- ‘I feel bad for him at this point’: Democrats starting to dismiss Schultz (“Democratic National Committee members said their fears are eased by what they’ve seen so far from the billionaire coffee magnate.” The guy’s a complete joke.)
- Amazon To Pay $0 In Federal Taxes In 2019: Report (“The tech giant reportedly used various tax breaks and credits to claim a $129 million rebate on $11 billion in profits last year.”)
- Pay raise for federal employees would be retroactive; senior appointees also would benefit
- The left’s quest for purity could destroy potentially worthy leaders (“Northam’s situation presents genuine conundrums. How can we balance a policy of no tolerance toward bigotry with one that allows for growth and redemption? And if progressives believe that life circumstances and cultural factors play a part in bringing out the worst or best in an individual, should we not apply that understanding across the board?”)
- Spanberger introduces legislation to prevent future government shutdowns
- Kaine on continuing Virginia political scandals
- Virginia scandals’ fallout to test special election (“Republicans anxious to see if public disgust translates to boost in Delegate race”)
- Progressives in Virginia have no good choices. Black women know how that feels.
- Second Fairfax accuser is intensely private single mother
- Virginia officials caught off guard by Amazon-New York split
- Democrats hope for a nationalized Virginia election this fall (“Richmond chaos could threaten state legislative takeover but big-picture trends still favor team blue”)
- Editorial: State budget deal raises question of balance (“In Virginia, you cannot struggle too much, cannot labor too hard, cannot pray too often, to be ignored.”)
- On 1-year anniversary of Parkland shooting, Virginia Democrats highlight failed gun reform bills
- Amazon decision to scrap NY plan leaves Virginia poised for prospect of more jobs
- Governor Northam Sends Letter Outlining Priorities to Budget Conferees, Stresses “Greater Focus on Issues of Equity”
- Virginia’s only African-American budget negotiator opts out of meeting with Northam
- Northam’s Apology Tour Is Too Little, Too Late For Many Of Va.’s Young Black Leaders
- Federal court approves Virginia redistricting plan
- BREAKING: “Big Win for Voting Rights in Virginia”; Federal Court Orders State to “Immediately Implement” New House of Delegates Map
- Judge Teresa Chafin, sister of Sen. Ben Chafin, elected to Virginia Supreme Court (“The whole Puckett affair seems to show there’s a double standard…I don’t think there’s too much of a difference between the two situations.” Bingo: it’s fine if you’re a Republican, terrible if you’re a Democrat.)
- Growth in data centers overpowers Virginia’s renewable energy gains
- BREAKING: Virginia Del. Hala Ayala Proposes Rule Change to Try to Force Floor Vote on ERA Ratification [UPDATE – GOP Hell-Bent on Stopping ERA Floor Vote]
- One weird trick advocates hope will get a floor vote on the ERA. (Parliamentarians hate her!) (Del. Hala Ayala “filed a proposed change to House rules yesterday that, if approved by a simple majority, would allow the full body to vote on the ratification resolution despite the fact that it never made it out of subcommittee…House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, shot back with his own proposed rule change that would essentially preempt Ayala’s by raising the threshold for approval to a two-thirds majority vote.”
- Senate committee kills bill to make Election Day a school holiday in Virginia (Republicans strike again!)
- Inside the Virginia Capitol, a legislative duel over the ERA
- State Water Control Board to Discuss Mountain Valley Pipeline 401 Certification at Special Board Meeting on 3/1/19
- Water Control Board sets meeting to reconsider Mountain Valley Pipeline water certification
- Loudoun County Dems Vote to Condemn Anti-Semitic Comments by 86th House of Delegates District Nominee; Call for Resignation of Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment
- Laufer, ex-city School Board member, to run for 17th District Senate seat (This is a district in which Ralph Northam received 49% of the vote in 2017, so it’s definitely competitive. Glad to see Amy Laufer throwing her hat in the ring!)
- A Jew defends Samirah against charges of anti-Semitism
- It makes no sense for Richmond and Annapolis to be dictating school calendars
- Plowman Elected to Circuit Court Judgeship (“Loudoun Commonwealth’s Attorney James E. Plowman won’t be returning for a fifth term in 2020. Instead, he’ll be taking a seat on the other side of the courthouse bench.”)
Here’s the short version.
Trump campaigned on “build a big beautiful wall” — “2,000 miles along, 30 feet high” — “on the entire US-Mexico border” — “Mexico will pay for it!!” And when he spouted this horseshit, the fools in his audience went wild, believing his every lie.
Last year, Congress offered him $25 billion for his wall in exchange for permanent protection for “dreamers” — young people who were brought here illegally as children, bu their parents. Trump turned down the $25 billion.
For two years — Jan 2017 to Jan 2019 — Republicans controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. At any time during that two years, they could have given Trump any amount of money to build his wall. They did not. Because Republicans don’t want to build a border wall.
Republicans and Democrats understand that, along the US-Mexico border, there are areas that need a wall, some places need fence, and some places don’t need much more than signs delineating the order. Republicans and Democrats both understand that “border security” needs more people and technology.
Trump, however, is locked into (1) his own lies, (2) his raving, foaming-at-the-mouth, dogshit-stupid base, and, (3) rightwing radio commentators such as Hannity, Limbaugh, and Coulter.
Trump shut down the US government because Congress refused to give him $25 billion, instead, giving him $1.35 billion for border security, some of which will be used for barriers. The shutdown was a HUGE loss for Trump and Republicans.
Finally, today, Feb 15, Congress has passed legislation that contains money for border security. Trump — knowing that he just got his ass kicked in public — has said he will sign the legislation, then, he will (1) issue an executive order declaring a national emergency on the border, and, (2) seize about $8 billion in budgeted money from the Dept of Defense and other federal agencies and use that money to “build a wall.” Immediately after issuing his declaration of national emergency, Trump will head for his “crisis command center” at his Mar-A-Largo Florida estate where he will play golf for a few days. Some crisis.
Trump will lose. Both the Senate and the House will file suit to overturn Trump’s order and to stop him from seizing appropriated money.
If any of you TeaPublicans support Trump, you need to read up on the Youngstown Steel issue during WW II. President Truman seized the steel company, declaring that steel was needed for the war effort. The Supreme Court slapped him down, told him the President cannot seize private property, even during war. Trump will suffer the same defeat as did Truman.
Furthermore — if Trump gets away with an “emergency declaration,” just wait until a Democrat is elected president — and then declares a national emergency when a school shooting occurs — and in line with that declaration, orders an end to the sale of certain types of weapons. Or, when a Democratic President declares a national emergency over climate change — and orders various measures intended to reduce the use of fossil fuels, require the use of solar and wind power, and similar measures.
This issue will mark the end of Trump’s Presidency. Oh, yes, I know, he will remain in office for two more years, but, he’s powerless. He will spend the remaining two years traveling around the country, raving and shrieking before ever-smaller crowds of red-baseball-cap-wearing fools, interspersed with periods of playing golf at his resorts.
In 2020, Democrats will take over the Senate, retain control of the House, and take the White House — and the Republican Party will go to its well-deserved grave. And that, folks, is what happens when you elect an incompetent, stupid, failed businessman. And you know it.
Everything sleazy always seems to wind up with a Trump connection.” Two years of swimming in a cesspool of sleaze. How long will it take us to wash it off? And a bigger question…will we be able to, or has it changed us forever??
Congress passed a spending bill that will keep the government open and that will NOT provide a penny for Trump’s loony wall. The House voted 300-128, Senate vote was 82-16 — veto-proof votes.
Trump is now blustering about declaring a national emergency after which he will take money from various agencies, give it to the Dept of Defense the order the Army to build his wall. In the first place, if he tries this, he will be breaking several laws — the Constitution allows only Congress (the House, to be specific) to appropriate money; for the Dept of Defense to engage in law enforcement in the US is a violation of the posse comitatus law. In the second place, Congress will sue him in a heartbeat, thereby stopping his ridiculous emergency declaration.
Trump has lost. Lost big time. And this is only the beginning — he will spend the next two years being beaten like a red-headed stepchild by Congress, mainly by House Democrats.
The Trump administration had delicately said the meeting of five dozen nations in Warsaw would focus on “Middle East security.” But the unmistakable voice of Rudolph Giuliani, an avowed proponent of regime change in Iran, set a different tone.
Hours before the meeting began, Mr. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and President Trump’s lawyer, told an anti-Iran rally outside Warsaw’s main stadium that Iranian leaders are “assassins, they are murderers and they should be out of power.”
Mr. Giuliani said he was representing an Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or M.E.K., not Mr. Trump. But his message belied what American officials had told nervous European counterparts: that the two-day meeting would focus on a range of Middle East security matters. […]
“We want to see a regime change in Iran,” Mr. Giuliani said.
I was wondering where Ghouliani has been… stirring up the shit for war in the Middle East. Is he an “Ambassador” now? Pompeo, Bolton, and Pence were there too.
Read the whole article. It is terrifying.
Trump claims he works very hard. What he doesn’t say is he works very hard at being stupid.