Daily Dispatch 2/4/19
February 4, 2019
The Fake Emergency:
As “waste of time” negotiations continue in the border security conference committee, four committee members will be touring the border today (two Rs and one D). Also headed to the border - an additional 3,750 active duty troops.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is said to have warned Trump that declaring a national emergency could spark a backlash from some Republicans and the Senate could pass a resolution against the declaration.
Cryptic: Will Trump declare a national emergency during tomorrow’s State of the Union?
He told reporters last week to “listen closely”: “You'll hear the State of the Union, and then you'll see what happens right after the State of the Union.”
(BTW, Kamala Harris is bringing one of Trump's undocumented former Bedminster employees as her special guest to the SOTU)
Meanwhile, Tom Ridge, former DHS Secretary under George W. Bush, thinks the border security is a bit more complicated than Trump thinks and wishes Republicans would stop using it to score political points.
And Rep. Will Hurd has a better idea than “build that wall.” He says “stretch that cable.”
The Real Emergency:
-- Mexico is turning away American attorneys and journalists, detaining them and telling them their passports have been “flagged.”
-- Cato Institute analyst says many of CBP’s methods, including internal checkpoints and making arrests for dime-bags, defy Supreme Court rulings.
Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, which, in recent years, has meant the sitting president gives an interview to the network airing the game. This year it was Trump and CBS. Here are some excerpts (with lies highlighted in yellow)...
(Note: The following is a verbatim transcript prepared by CBS News – any incomplete sentences, word salads, and general nonsense are the president's):
Trump on the border "emergency":
It's national emergency, it's other things and you know there have been plenty national emergencies called. And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers. These are people that are horrible people bringing in women mostly, but bringing in women and children into our country. Human trafficking. And we're going to have a strong border. And the only way you have a strong border is you need a physical barrier. You need a wall.
Trump on the pedagogical purpose of the 35 day government shutdown:
… And on the 15th we have now set the table beautifully because everybody knows what's going on because of the shutdown. People that didn't have any idea- they didn't have a clue as to what was happening, they now know exactly what's happening. They see human trafficking. They see drugs and gangs and criminals pouring in.
[ICYMI, Trump thinks Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s racist photo is “Unforgivable!” (lol).]
Trump on NFL players applauding him for fixing the criminal justice system:
… a lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me for it… A lot of [the NFL protest] is having to do with reform from what I understand. Whether it's criminal justice or whatever it may be and they have different versions and everybody seemed to have a different version of it. But a lot of it had to do with that, and I took care of that.
[Yep, he “took care of that.”]
Trump on race:
In terms of race, a lot of people are saying well this is something very special what's happening.
[Literally no one is saying this.]
That’s all for today except for a quick nod to Punxsutawney Phil, that early spring prediction was SPOT ON!