It occurred to me earlier that in these contentious occasions there are solely two issues that also unite right-wingers of each stripe:
1. Supreme Court vacancies
2. Dunking on Jim Acosta
Let’s finish the week with some unity.
Benny Johnson has a partial transcript of the video beneath in case you may’t make out Acosta’s audio. Watch the complete clip and also you’ll see that Trump spent a part of his time speaking about how he expects any emergency declaration to be blocked by the Ninth Circuit — which is true. Is that why he’s holding off? Maybe:
What led to Trump shelving his nationwide emergency declaration? Multiple sources inform @HallieJackson, @KellyO and me that lots of his advisers are urging warning. They’re not satisfied it is a viable method to construct the wall, they’re afraid he’ll lose in court docket and set a nasty precedent.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 11, 2019
So what if he loses in court docket, although, particularly on the circuit degree? He would possibly win within the Supreme Court. And that is his solely avenue to starting development on the wall aside from the extremely unlikely occasion of a Democratic give up. If he points the order and wins in court docket, he can declare victory. If he loses, no drawback. He can all the time attempt to make a take care of Congress for wall funding later. The court docket battle ought to be irrelevant to him. The precedential issues are one other matter.
Philip Klein notes that Miami International Airport has already closed a terminal for just a few days as a result of they will’t employees it because of shutdown-related sick-outs. As that spreads, that’s what’ll lead POTUS to subject his decree.