Q: Can Trump declare a national emergency and then build his wall?
A: Of course not.
The real question is how to deal with Trump's very effective “flood the zone with shit" ploy.👇
Look what happens when Trump says things like that.
Invariably a reporter will quote a lawyer who says something like: “it’s maybe not totally out of the realm of possibility.”
People will panic, even though . . .
Of course he CAN declare a national emergency. Will he get away with using that to build a wall? No.
The law is for REAL national emergencies.
The problem we have is this: What do we do about a president who keeps making stuff up?
What do we do with a president who manufactures crises?
Now I suspect that a war against homeless and unarmed migrants is more his style.
Creating imaginary enemies serves multiple purposes. It is a really good way to undermine factuality.
(Notice I didn't mention the Senate)
Of course Trump will keep trying. So expect more crises and spectacle.
People spend time refuting the latest piece of nonsense, which means Trump keeps his opponents busy playing whack-an-absurdity (like whack-a-mole).
Trump wants to wear us out.
He wants to keep us from focussing on the real problems: The machine that put him into the White House, and his effective propaganda network.
People said, "but what if . . .”
Cynical reason the courts won’t allow it: Why would they give up all their power and make themselves vulnerable to Trump’s tantrums?If he can pardon himself and associates, he becomes a dictator.
As best I can figure it out, the US v. Gamble panic started when an unnamed lawyer told a journalist that Gamble “might” enlarge Trump’s pardon power.
People then added layers of "what if?"
That’s why Trump keeps trying to send us into them.
Second: Don’t expect a quick fix. We didn’t get into this mess overnight. Getting out will take work, patience, and time.
I’m not saying that indictment or impeachment won't or shouldn’t happen.
I’m saying they are not quick fixes.
In fact, things have been worse.
Shall we talk about the trail of tears, slavery, Jim Crow, or the era of robber barons?
Everyone is worried about the Court. Through most of US history . . .
Trump still has better than 40% approval according to 538, the aggregate I most trust. projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval…
I agree with this:
We need to educate people about what a right-wing America would really look like.
I’ve noticed that Trump’s approval takes a dip when the conversation is about Manafort or Cohen, their crimes, and their relationship to Trump.
That’s what Trump does well: Crisis and spectacle.