The Senate will vote this afternoon to smack down Trump's fake national emergency.
Trump is freaking out over the coming Senate rejection of his fake national emergency at the southern border. On Thursday morning, Trump made several unhinged statements on Twitter, just hours before a majority of senators are expected to support a resolution blocking his fake emergency declaration.
Levels of undocumented immigration are near four-decade lows, yet Trump says the U.S. southern border with Mexico is a "National Security and Humanitarian Nightmare." He claims the wall is already under construction but has repeatedly sent out statements with false and misleading information about so-called progress.
He also threatened to veto the resolution if it reaches his desk. The resolution already overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives, and it is expected to pass the Senate on Thursday afternoon.
In addition to his veto threat, Trump attacked Democrats for their unwillingness to spend billions on a border wall.
"The Democrats are 'Border Deniers.' They refuse to see or acknowledge the Death, Crime, Drugs and Human Trafficking at our Southern Border!" Trump stated, without explaining what "border deniers" nor any evidence to back up his claims. In fact, border cities are safer than other cities in the United States.
Beginning in December 2018, Trump tried to get Congress to allocate $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a desperate attempt to pressure Democrats into supporting his demand, Trump shut down the government for 35 days. The gambit backfired, and Trump eventually signed legislation reopening the government without the billions he wanted for a wall.
Unwilling to follow the process laid out in the Constitution, Trump decided to usurp Congress's authority to make funding decisions by making up a crisis at the southern border. In mid-February, Trump declared a fake national emergency, which he is using to steal money from military projects and military families to pay for a border wall.
After the House passed a resolution blocking the declaration, Trump has spent weeks pleading with Republican senators to ignore the Constitution and show their devotion to Trump and Trump alone. Republicans desperately encouraged Trump to cave, in hopes of avoiding having to take the vote at all.
But Trump's meltdown is unlikely to change the reality of his situation. His fake emergency is on track to be rejected by both chambers of Congress, and Trump's tantrums can't fix that.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.