Sen. Marco Rubio, still no doubt stinging from the electoral smackdown he received from the man now in charge of the free world, said Wednesday that he did not support President Trump taking emergency action to build the wall. While Rubio said he was in support of building the wall through congressional channels, he expressed concern that expanding the president’s power could backfire on Republicans if a Democrat were to win the White House.
“We have to be careful about endorsing broad uses of executive power,” the Florida senator told CNBC. “I’m not prepared to endorse that right now.”
Well, Mr. Senator, the great thing about executive power is that Trump doesn’t need your endorsement. And there is no question that of all the powers that President Trump has at his disposal, the power to declare a national emergency is one of them. Furthermore, that power is even less vague when it comes to national security, and clearer still when the subject is a foreign threat. All of those pieces are on the table right now, and while we wouldn’t be surprised to see a lefty judge rule against the White House, we firmly believe that this is – as Trump might put it – very legal and very cool.
Rubio then does a bit of concern trolling, warning that any power that Trump uses could be misused by a Democrat in the future.
“If today, the national emergency is border security, tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change,” he said.
Rubio’s point is well taken, but he forgets the fact that a Democrat would do that with or without Trump’s precedent in place. Furthermore, it’s very difficult to imagine how any Democrat president could make the case that the slowly (slooooooowly) changing climate in any way qualifies as a national emergency. We wouldn’t put it past them to try, but that seems like a non-starter from a legal perspective. Comparing it to what’s happening right now at the border is like comparing apples and oranges.
But we won’t be surprised to see more Republicans speak out against Trump when it comes to this national emergency tactic.
“I think the president will have problems on his own side of the aisle for exploiting the situation in a way that enhances his power,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I think he’s going to have to answer to his own party on usurping that much power.”
We don’t doubt it for a second. Not because Republicans would be concerned about the enhancement of power, but because a great many of them DO NOT WANT to solve the immigration crisis. Their allegiance is to their corporate masters, and those masters want to keep the steady influx of cheap labor flowing for as long as possible.
Which is exactly why Trump won, and why he is on exactly the right path at this moment. There comes a time to make a stand, and the time is now.