If Trump declares a #StateOfEmergency - a tool used by autocrats throughout history to consolidate power - he will justify it by using contrived statistics.

This is textbook authoritarian and it will require education & support for institutional guardrails to defeat.
Institutional guardrails include Congress & Courts.

The 1976 National Emergencies Act provides some checks & balances on Trump's ability to declare an emergency.

House Democrats must hold hearings & court challenges must occur.

CC: @TeamPelosi @RepCummings @OversightDems
Unfortunately, the 1976 Act was later amended to require the President's signature or a 2/3rds veto override in both chambers.

Thus, should Trump ultimately declare a #StateOfEmergency tomorrow, it will be on @HouseDemocrats to hold hearings ASAP & expose his plan.
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