President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency has Republicans uneasy that he has set a precedent for future presidencies. Now, several Democrats are already pondering national emergencies to push their political agendas.
Although Republicans are wary of the precedent it sets, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told IJR that “Democrats gave the president no leeway to enact his expert-led border security plan, so I share his frustration with the position we are in now.”
“While I’m hopeful that this option will start to address the problems at our border, I remain wary of the precedent it sets,” Crenshaw added. “This is simply the result of Congress not doing its job.”
Appearing on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) claimed now that Trump has declared a national emergency for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, future Democratic presidents could declare emergencies to push their agendas.
He shared with CNN host Chris Cuomo some of the hypothetical national emergencies:
“If the president can declare an emergency today on this nonsense, on this, the Democratic president can decide that, as you mentioned, the 40,000 people a year killed in this country [by guns] is a crisis. And why don’t we take everybody’s guns away? Or force everybody to register their guns, or ban all assault rifles, or do all of that without congressional approval?”
Nadler noted this position “opens up tyranny or dictatorship.”
“Now, it may be something that the Republicans don’t particularly oppose, but tomorrow, with a Democratic president, it could be something they hate,” he added.
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One 2020 Democratic presidential contender, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), also suggested using a national emergency for climate change or on health care access instead of “playing politics in order to build a wasteful border wall.”
We should do something about the actual emergencies that plague our nation — like climate change or health care access — not playing politics in order to build a wasteful border wall.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 15, 2019
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) proposed that the next president “should declare a #NationalEmergency on day 1 to address the existential threat to all life on the planet posed by Climate Change.”
Our next President should declare a #NationalEmergency on day 1 to address the existential threat to all life on the planet posed by Climate Change.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 15, 2019
During her weekly press conference on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) even played with the idea of future Democratic presidents declaring national emergencies — suggesting a push on gun control and health care.
She mocked Trump’s national emergency on the situation at the border as an “illusion”:
“If the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency — an illusion that he wants to convey — just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people. […] The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”
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"You want to talk about a national emergency? Let's talk about today. The one year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. President? … A Democratic president could." pic.twitter.com/NDvhb339aT
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 14, 2019
Democrats are setting out to take action against Trump, as they claim he is violating the Constitution by declaring the national emergency for the border wall. The president is also expecting to be sued over it.