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Cartoon: Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald/CAGLE CARTOONS

Trump’s Phony Emergency

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL

Feb 21, 2019

Editorial Cartoon

Cartoon: Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald/CAGLE CARTOONS

When historians look back to President Donald Trump’s performance last week as he announced a national emergency to build his border wall, few will judge it as inspirational. His stream of consciousness, ranging from Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize to disrespect for reporters trying to get honest answers, was about as rational as his decision to declare the emergency in the first place.

The president no doubt was unhappy that once again, Congress failed to give in to his demands for $5.7 billion to complete the wall — an unneeded wall, based on phony statistics, that he had insisted Mexico would pay for. When he ended a record five-week partial shutdown of the government, he said a bipartisan group of senators and representatives would come up with a new plan, but he undermined their work immediately.

The compromise package that resulted provided $1.38 billion for 55 miles of barrier, far less than he had asked for to fulfill a major, misguided campaign pledge. So it was no surprise that when he signed the spending bill averting another embarrassing shutdown, he also downplayed its significance and insisted that only a national emergency could get him the money he needed.

But he undercut his own message about an emergency, openly admitting during his White House monologue that “I didn’t need to do this.” Later, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders tried to clean up after him, again, saying that what Trump meant to say was that he shouldn’t have had to do it.

Then, to underscore what a dire emergency the nation faces, the president flew off to Mar-a-Lago for a weekend of golf.

He left behind a mess in Washington. His blithe recitation of what is likely to happen in the wake of the emergency declaration may come true: losses in the lower courts, appeals to the Supreme Court, etc. But the harm done by his end run to the constitutionally mandated separation of powers is real, as is the spotlight being shone on Republicans who should proclaim that enough is enough.

Already, a coalition of 16 states have filed a federal lawsuit to block Trump’s border wall plan, claiming that it is unconstitutional for bypassing Congress.

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