Daily Dispatch 1/9/19
January 9, 2019
Yesterday we asked: Will he declare a “state of emergency” at the border in an effort to get the Pentagon to pay for the wall? Or will he simply use the airtime to recite false statistics and relate the most gruesome details of the ugliest crimes committed by a handful immigrants in order to sway public opinion to his side?
It was the latter.
Will networks, who were almost certainly expecting actual news, think twice before granting him airtime again? This is a trick he pulled a few times during the campaign, but the networks are slow to get wise to it.
Turns out, Trump didn’t even want to give the speech. Nor does he want to visit the border, which he is scheduled to do later this week, calling it a photo-op that is “not going to change a damn thing, but I’m still doing it” because Bill and Sarah and Kellyanne say so.
But the speech went great anyway!
Thank you for soooo many nice comments regarding my Oval Office speech. A very interesting experience!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 9, 2019
Believe it or not, we have some fact-checking brought to you by… Fox News:
Related: Speaking of lies, remember when Trump said “catch and release” is over? WaPo calls ICE’s current approach as “catch and can’t-release-fast-enough,”
But the specter of an emergency declaration isn’t completely over, as Trump will meet with Senate Republicans, who are considering whether such a move could be “a way out of a shutdown fight they’re losing.”
Related: The Marshall Project shows us “What the Government Shutdown Looks Like Inside Federal Prisons.”
Related: Politico offers an ontological meditation on the wall, which sometimes exists and sometimes doesn’t.
Finally, more reactions to the speech:
This entire Trump speech has the cadence of a Wheel Of Fortune contestant solving the puzzle.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) January 9, 2019
This looks like someone put an Ann Coulter audiobook in a Teddy Ruxpin.— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 9, 2019
Is this Oval Office: SVU?— Late Night with Seth Meyers (@LateNightSeth) January 9, 2019
Stephen Miller when asked if the phrase “Soros-funded migrant gangbangers” is included in Trump’s speech pic.twitter.com/qmqFj6C0k3— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 9, 2019
You thought Congress would be specific about what a president can call a “national emergency”? Think again. pic.twitter.com/tRsx1UTqVR— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 9, 2019