Donald Trump gave an address in the Rose Garden this morning, during which he officially declared a national emergency on the U.S. southern border. Trump should have stuck to his script because he completely undermined his emergency declaration, after going on a rant to protect his ego from the crushing defeat he suffered over this entire fight.
Trump literally admitted that he is only declaring a crisis because of the 2020 presidential election and that he doesn’t actually need to declare an emergency. “I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster. The only reason we’re up here talking about this is because of the election. I just want to get it done faster,” Trump said, as seen in the footage below.
Likely to be used in future lawsuits: Trump on his national emergency declaration: "I didn't need to do this. But I'd rather do it much faster … I just want to get it done faster." Via CNN pic.twitter.com/HcPrQdhRJ9
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 15, 2019
There you have it, Trump himself admitted that he didn’t need to declare an emergency. How can there be an emergency if he “didn’t need to” declare one? Trump was trying to protect his ego here because by being forced to declare an emergency to build his wall, he was accepting defeat at the hands of House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump will be regretting these statements because Democrat House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was already waiting to take him to court over his declaration. Ocasio-Cortez announced this morning that she will be joining fellow Democratic Representative Joaquin Castro in introducing a bill to stop Trump’s announced emergency declaration. Trump’s statements here really provide all the evidence she will need to prove that there is no real emergency.
Ocasio-Cortez confirmed her plans on social media, on both Instagram and the Twitter post below, “[email protected] and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019