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As Some GOPers Worry About Precedent Set by Trump, Dems Mull Future National Emergencies for Their Agenda

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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As Some GOPers Worry About Precedent Set by Trump, Dems Mull Future National Emergencies for Their Agenda

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.”

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.”

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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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.

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  1. paulette barrow

    February 17, 2019 at 2:16 am

    THESE PEOPLE REALLY ARE SICK,TRY AND PULL IT ON GUN CONTROL AND YOU AINT SEEN SHIT YET,TRUMP IS TRYING TO KEEP AMERICANS SAFE YOU DEMON RATS ARE TRYING TO KILL OFF AMERICANS ANYWAY YOU CAN,AND BTW YOU DEMON RATS WONT BE IN POWER AGAIN IN THE WH FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND YOUR GONNA LOSE THE HOUSE IN 2020 BECAUSE YOUR FLAT OUT EVIL

    • Dean Perry

      February 17, 2019 at 4:04 am

      “YOU DEMON RATS WONT BE IN POWER AGAIN IN THE WH FOR A VERY LONG TIME”
      What in the world are you talking about???? Wasn’t the midterms a clue, paulette?
      If a president can make up a crisis the next president can do the same with a real crisis like climate change which, unlike the fake border emergency, has TONS of facts and data to back it up!!!!

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