by Eddie Zipperer
If there were devices designed to measure the amount of political hypocrisy in the air, they’d be exploding all over the country. There’s a new party in control of D.C., which means everything that was bad is now good and vice versa. If you were quoting Thomas Jefferson on January 19th, you’re more a Hamiltonian today.
Time to lift those draconian coronavirus shutdowns in California, Michigan, and other blue states; it turns out they’re hurting the economy! Travel bans aren’t xenophobic; they protect us! The procedural filibuster is a Jim Crow law!
For four years, Democrats and their media portrayed President Trump as Snidely-esque villain, twirling his mustache as he tied America to the train tracks. Now, they’ll spend the next four years asking Jen Psaki to elaborate on Biden’s favorite ice cream flavor while Biden does all the same things that used to be a “danger to our democracy.”
What was fascist authoritarianism when Trump was president is now crucial to our protection. Just ask the newly-minted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Last night on The Rachel Maddow Show, Schumer suggested that Biden should use the National Emergency Act to allow him to go around Congress in order to deal with the issue of climate change. Schumer told Maddow, “He [Biden] can do many, many things under the emergency powers of the President that wouldn’t have to go through—that he could do without legislation.”
If the idea of using the National Emergency Act to go around Congress sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the tactic President Trump used to go around Congress to fund the border wall.
Schumer acknowledged in the interview with Maddow that he was definitely suggesting the exact same tactic. Schumer explained, “Trump used this emergency for a stupid wall which wasn’t an emergency, but if there was ever an emergency, climate is one.”
Schumer spun history so hard with that comment I thought Pat Sajak was about to show up and ask him for a letter. In reality, when Trump used this tactic, Schumer wasn’t— as he now claims—against it because of the substance of Trump’s policy. In fact, Schumer excoriated the move with apocalyptic rhetoric.
Less than two years ago, Schumer railed against Trump’s national emergency gambit as being blatantly unconstitutional. He called it “an outrageous power grab by a president who refuses to accept the constitutional separation of powers.”
In a joint statement with Nancy Pelosi, Schumer said, “The President’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution.” He also claimed that President Trump was lawless and that this was an attempt to “shred the Constitution.”
It was an existential threat to everything we hold dear! At least, it was when Trump was president.
Now that there’s a new president—a Democrat president—Schumer suddenly has a newfound fondness for this tactic. A new guy moves into the White House and in the blink of an eye what was an unconstitutional shredding of the Constitution became a bullet point on Schumer’s leadership tip-sheet.
It will be awkward if Biden follows Schumer’s advice given that Biden’s HHS nominee, Xavier Becerra, literally sued the Trump administration claiming the tactic violated the appropriations clause of the Constitution.
The truth is, this was not unconstitutional when Trump did it, and it’s not unconstitutional now. Congress passed a ridiculous law that allows the president alone to define what is or is not a national emergency. It’s actually the 94th Congress that should be excoriated for handing over their power to the president nearly half a century ago.
Schumer’s game now is to pretend he was against Trump’s national emergency because he disagreed with the policy, but the truth is Schumer decried the action—the action he’s now urging the new president to take— as a lawless violation of fundamental constitutional principles. A danger to our Democracy. A slap in the face to the founding fathers.
While the endless flood of illegal immigrants, many criminals, many sick, and Democrats refusing to enforce existing laws to stop it was indeed an emergency, the farce of climate change, with its revolving 12 year end of the world predictions is not. Liberals have plenty of money already and raising taxes for them to steal more is no emergency.
The constitution is crystal clear that the chief justice must preside, not the fuzzyheaded left-wing senator from Vermont who has a long record of attacking President Trump. The president’s lawyers should file a lawsuit immediately!
@kitt: And who was also guilty of threatening Ukraine to get them to provide anti-Trump dirt. You know, what they falsely accused Trump of doing.
Sorry, the Constitution can’t be shredded, it’s been declared dead at the age of 233.
Moose out front should have told you.
@kitt: Trump, his lawyers and all Republicans summoned should refuse to attend the proceeding as there is no obligation to attend whatever it is.
It’s not an impeachment trial, and that word comes straight from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Who has say over his take?
@Meremortal: With the record number of EOs being signed and Joe not knowing what the hell he is signing I wonder if they slip in a DNR.
Schumer needs voted off the Island and Biden as well
All this impeachment will do is strengthen support for Trump. Those who hate Trump don’t need anything else to hate him for; they make up whatever they need to fuel their hate. An impeachment (another one) based on lies and political need won’t make any difference to them. And anyone with even moderate intelligence (non-Biden supporters) easily see through this bullshit. Democrats are only growing Trump’s base and further eroding whatever credibility they have with those that have been comatose for the past 4 years.