House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) shot down President Donald Trump’s move on Friday to declare a national emergency at the southern border as “unlawful,” saying it’s unconstitutional. However, she’s fundraising off it.
Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined together to battle against Trump’s executive action.
“The president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist does great violence to our Constitution and makes America less safe, stealing from urgently needed defense funds for the security of our military and our nation,” they wrote in a joint statement.
This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed President, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.
The President’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution. The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.
“The president is not above the law,” they concluded. “The Congress cannot let the president shred the Constitution.”
Despite putting the president on blast, Pelosi is now using it to her advantage, as she sent out a fundraising email to supporters on Friday to collect money off it.
In the speaker’s email, she criticized Trump’s statement when he said, “I didn’t need to do this. But I’d rather do it much faster.”
“If you don’t ‘need’ to do it, it’s NOT an emergency,” Pelosi wrote, bashing the national emergency as “fake” and calling it a “blatant abuse of power.”
The fundraising email to “support our network against Trump” allows recipients to donate as little as $10 and as much as $250. They can also choose their own amount.
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) February 15, 2019
As IJR Red reported, Pelosi’s criticism of Trump’s call to secure the border and curb illegal immigration is a stark contrast from when she praised former President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.