Speaker Pelosi made it clear that Democrats are ready to not only sue Trump over any national emergency declaration to build a wall, but a future Democratic president will act on the precedent that Trump will set.
According to The New York Times:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Democrats were “reviewing our options” in responding to Mr. Trump’s anticipated declaration and did not rule out a legal challenge.
“The president is doing an end run around Congress,” she said.
She also raised the possibility that Mr. Trump was setting a precedent for Democratic presidents to come, precisely what Republicans fear.
“You want to talk about a national emergency, let’s talk about today,” Ms. Pelosi said, reminding Mr. Trump that it was the first anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.”
Trump’s national emergency declaration has been the worst keep secret in American politics for months. Democrats in Congress have been preparing to sue Trump as soon as he declares the emergency.
What is likely to happen is that Democrats will get the courts to block Trump from moving or using any appropriated funds to build his wall. There will also be a second wave of lawsuits from victims of natural disasters will sue Trump for stealing their relief funds.
The president’s wall is going to end up tied up in court for years. There is a strong possibility that Trump will be impeached or voted out office before the cases are settled. Democrats aren’t going to sit back and watch Trump trash the Constitution.
Pelosi and Schumer knew that this day was coming and Democrats are ready to fight.
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