Nancy Pelosi: When We Go In This Store, Don't Touch Anything! Trump: Then I'm Going to Declare a National Emergency!

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President Donald Trump is hinting at the fact that he’s going to declare a national emergency and because the president is a reality star who lives for drama, he’s probably going to announce it during the State of The Union, Feb. 5.


“I think there’s a good chance we will have to do that,” the president said when asked about whether he’s prepared to declare a national emergency to fund his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Politico reports. The move would most likely be held up in court hearings because it completely bypasses a little-known internal White House document called the Constitution of the United States of America.

After 35 days, the longest partial government shutdown in American history, the president decided to reopen the government when he realized that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wasn’t playing games. But, the president, being the petty bitch that he is, only allowed for the government to stay up and running until Feb. 15, while a negotiation over the border wall continued. Trump is demanding $5.7 billion in funding for a wall that no one wants.

So far the negotiation looks like this:

Republicans: We just kind of want whatever the president wants but really we don’t want the wall either...Also, death and drugs and a blindfolded woman...And a caravan!

Democrats: Go fuck yourselves!

Pelosi isn’t budging. In fact, below is a live-look at Pelosi during the negotiations.


Pelosi has stated several times that any deal won’t include funding for the president’s dumb ass wall.


Speaking Friday at a meeting on human trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump set up the pitch for his big reveal during his SOTU speech. Trump told reporters to “listen closely” to his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to say,” the president said when asked whether he will announce the emergency declaration during his address to Congress. “But you’ll hear the State of the Union and then you’ll see what happens right after the State of the Union.”


Trump is such a damn show-off. He still thinks he’s on The Apprentice and probably checks his speech ratings to see how he’s stacking up against daytime talk shows.

Trump also added that because he’s the president he’s got “legal standing” to declare a national emergency.


“We have very strong legal standing. We are doing it regardless,” he said before adding that he still hasn’t made up his mind, Politico reports.

Oh, and because the president and the truth are like Tekashi 6ix9ine and the Nine Trey Bloods, he’s continued to lie about the wall already being built. There is no wall being built unless he’s talking about an imaginary wall in his mind.


The Root cannot confirm whether his “mind wall” is, in fact, being built.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.


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So . . . if there are grounds to do it, and the requisite authority, why hasn’t he done it yet? How many times is he going to threaten to do it without following through?

Maybe he’s just waiting for the ideal time, but I can’t help seeing this as a negotiating tactic, like he thinks he’s holding this over Pelosi’s head somehow. Yet clearly Pelosi is not impressed with these threats, which tells me two things. She doesn’t really think he’s going to do it, and she’s not really concerned if he does.

As to the second, my sense from the things she’s said is that she knows there are two elements to this: Making the declaration, and repurposing already-appropriated funds to actually build anything. The first, at the end of the day, is mere theater, the second is what matters, and what is almost certainly going to be held up by the courts.