Daily Dispatch 2/6/19
February 6, 2019
Well… that happened.
As expected Trump’s SOTU was filled with fear-mongering, lies, arrogant credit-taking, and, of course, memorable facial expressions from its victims audience.
One of the more controversial claims from the address was this:
San Diego used to have the most illegal border crossings in the country. In response, and at the request of San Diego residents and political leaders, a strong security wall was put in place. This powerful barrier almost completely ended illegal crossings.
The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our Nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities.
Simply put, walls work and walls save lives. So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.
And this from NBC News’s Jacob Soboroff:
Trump tried to terrify you warning of “tremendous onslaught” in another caravan.— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) February 6, 2019
He’s talking about tiny Eagle Pass, TX.
When I was there this summer, residents said *struggling economy and jobs* was biggest worry.
Scary border? Not to the golfer on the Rio Grande.
Watch. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/IfedLp1akA
+ Full text of the speech from the White House.
+ A general fact-check from the New York Times.
+ Pelosi’s post SOTU official statement.
+ The best post-SOTU response came from Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono: “WTF”
+ The State of the Union in pictures (from Vox).
To everyone’s relief Trump did not use the venue to declare a national emergency. Yet.
Many Republicans are nervous about the emergency declaration for many reasons, including its potential to diminish Congress’s standing as a co-equal branch and setting a bad precedent. Are they willing to vote against the president? Maybe this bit of legislation, gaining bipartisan support, offers a hint – the bill would require Congressional approval to leave NATO (another common threat of Trump’s that Republicans largely disavow).
Just hours before the SOTU, New Mexico’s Governor announced that she was withdrawing National Guard troops from the border and asked the governors of other border states to do the same. Then… she released this video showing what she thinks of all this wall talk (hint: she doesn’t like it):
The border security conference committee charged with negotiating an agreement that would avoid a shutdown and a fake emergency declaration are meeting today at 10am to receive a classified briefing by Border Patrol.
From The New Yorker: “Trump’s Dangerous Scapegoating of Immigrants at the State of the Union”
From BuzzFeed News: “Customs And Border Protection Apologized After An Agent Questioned A BuzzFeed News Reporter About Trump Coverage”
From The Hill: “Migrant caravan arrives at town on Texas border”
From Politico: “MAGA all-stars visit border to plot private wall project”
From AP: “Trump immigrant crime hotline still faces hurdles, pushback”
Stephen Colbert covers the SOTU address
Seth Myers covers the SOTU address
Trevor Noah covers the SOTU address