I haven’t seen a single Republican senator complain about Trump declaring a national emergency to impose new sanctions on Venezuela:
“WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legislative path to a border wall has narrowed significantly on the eve of Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, and his fallback plan to circumvent Congress by declaring a state of emergency could create a major division in his own party.
As he prepares to make his case to the largest national audience of the year, Mr. Trump appeared to be in an increasingly precarious position, unable to sway the wider public to his cause and unwilling, at least so far, to apply the persuasion and compromise that have gotten previous presidents out of political jams.
Anxiety over the damage being inflicted on the party is growing. Last week, in a one-on-one meeting with the president, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, reportedly warned Mr. Trump that declaring a national emergency to build his wall would almost certainly spark a rebellion within his party — and a vote to overrule him. House and Senate negotiators have been moving toward a bipartisan agreement as early as Friday to keep the government funded after Feb. 15 — with or without the president’s support.
But the president’s supporters continue to plead for unity. …
If I understand this correctly, this is how the border wall national emergency will play out:
1.) Trump will declare a national emergency to build the border wall
2.) House Democrats will pass a resolution opposing it
3.) The Republican Senate will have no choice but to vote on the bill and a handful of Republican senators will vote with the Democrats to pass it
4.) Trump will veto the bill
5.) The Senate will fail to come up with a 2/3rds majority to override the video
6.) Trump will be sued by the Democrats
7.) A federal district court judge will strike down the executive order
8.) The border wall be in legal limbo for the remainder of Trump’s presidency until the Republican-controlled Supreme Court strikes it down as “unconstitutional.”
The fear is that the Republican Senate and Republican-controlled Supreme Court will be seen blocking Trump from building the border wall and will be held accountable by voters.