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The 47 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s wild national emergency declaration

Repost from CNN

The 47 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s wild national emergency declaration

By Chris Cillizza, CNN, Mon February 18, 2019 1:43 PM ET
Below, my thoughts on the lines you need to see.
1. “We have a lot of great announcements having to do with Syria and our success with the eradication of the caliphate. And that’ll be announced over the next 24 hours.”
It’s been 96 hours. No “great” announcement yet. Although the general in charge of leading the fight against ISIS told CNN on Friday that he disagreed with Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria.  And away we go!
2. “And many other things. A lot of positive things are going on.”
Hard to argue! Many other things!
3. “We’re going to do it one way or the other. We have to do it — not because it was a campaign promise, which it is.”
So, the President is declaring a national emergency because “we have to do it,” not because he said we had to do it on the campaign trail. But ask yourself this: If it was such an emergency, why did Trump wait more than two years into his term to declare it one?
4. “You look at other economies, they’re doing terribly, and we’re doing phenomenally.”
Other economies: Bad. Our economy: Good.
5. “We — we have all the records. We have every record. But we’re getting close to that point again where we’ll create new records.”
Trump is speaking specifically about the stock market here, although this also functions as a nice stock quote for, well, anything he is asked about as it pertains to either himself or his presidency. Best ever! Record-breaking!
6. “When you look and when you listen to politicians, in particular certain Democrats, they say it all comes through the port of entry. It’s wrong. It’s wrong.”
“A small percentage of all heroin seized by [Customs and Border Protection agents] along the land border was between Ports of Entry,” reads the Trump Administration’s 2018 Drug Threat Assessment. Sooooooo…
7. “It’s just a lie. It’s all a lie.”
8. “They say walls don’t work. Walls work 100%.”
No one has ever penetrated a wall. Can’t happen. It’s 1,000 feet high and made of sheer ice! Wait
9. “Take a look at Israel. They’re building another wall. Their wall is 99.9% effective, they tell me — 99.9%.”
The border wall between Israel and Egypt is 150 miles long. The US border with Mexico is 2,000 miles long. Apples, please meet oranges.
10. “And a big majority of the big drugs — the big drug loads don’t go through ports of entry.”
Just to reiterate: Trump is wrong about this, according to his own administration.
11. “They can’t see women with tape on their mouth or three women whose hands are tied.”
Trump often leans on this notion — of women who are being taken across the border as part of human trafficking rings. The problem? There doesn’t appear to be any factual evidence for this disturbing image.
12. “It’s all a big lie. It’s a big con game.”
Trump is speaking specifically about the border here. But again, this statement is also a decent stand-in for his worldview: Everyone is lying to you and trying to screw you. Everybody but me.
13. “I’m going to be signing a national emergency. And it’s been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents. From 1977 or so, it gave the presidents the power.”
True! The National Emergencies Act of 1976 did give presidents broad powers to declare national emergencies. And 58 have been declared since the law went into place.
14. “There’s rarely been a problem. They sign it; nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting. But nobody cares.”
The issue here is not whether Trump can declare a national emergency at the border (he can!) but whether it qualifies as an actual national emergency. If it doesn’t, it set a huge precedent for the executive branch to seize power from the legislative branch.
15. “It’s a very good emergency that [Obama] signed, and we’re going to use parts of it in our dealings on cartels.”
Solid emergency. Quality emergency. Some say one of the best emergencies. (Also, here’s Obama 2011 national emergency declaration on cartels.)
16. “Nobody’s done the job that we’ve ever done. I mean, nobody’s done the job that we’ve done on the border.”
Isn’t this an argument against the necessity of the wall? If Trump is doing such an amazing job at the border, one might think a wall was unnecessary?
17. “We’ve done a fantastic job. But we haven’t been given the equipment. We haven’t been given the walls.”
Again the contradiction here is startling. On the one hand, Trump wants to make clear he is doing a better job than any other president ever on immigration (and everything else). On the other, he wants to make excuses for why he hasn’t been able to get it all done. But he just said he did better than any other president!
18. “I was a little new to the job, a little new to the profession, and we had a little disappointment for the first year and a half. People that should have stepped up did not step up. They didn’t step up, and they should have.”
Important thing to always remember about Trump: Nothing is ever his fault. He is always the undeserving victim of other peoples’ malice, incompetence or both.
19. “We’re right now in construction with wall in some of the most important areas. And we have renovated a tremendous amount of wall, making it just as new.”
20. “We will have a national emergency, and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling, and then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court, and hopefully we’ll get a fair shake and we’ll win in the Supreme Court.”
This sentence is 65 words long. Ernest Hemingway would not be pleased.
21. “I am prepared. I’m always prepared.”
[nods head slowly]
22. “I was speaking to a couple of them. They think this is far more important than what they were going to use it for.”
Trump claims here that he spoke to a number of generals who told him that they were fine with using money allocated by Congress for the military to build the wall because the wall is more important than anything they could do with that money. Trump never names these generals who loved the idea of building the wall using military funds. Maybe they exist! Also, maybe they don’t!
23. “You know, I’m a big deficit believer and all of that, but before we really start focusing on certain things, we have to build up our military.”
24. “Go ahead, ABC — not NBC. I like ABC a little bit more, not much. Come on, ABC — not much, pretty close.”
25. “Look, I expect to be sued. I shouldn’t be sued. Very rarely do you get sued when you do national emergency.”
When you do national emergency, you don’t get sued usually. Everybody knows this about national emergency. Of course, past presidents did national emergency when there was actual national emergency.
26. “So I think what will happen is sadly we’ll be sued, and sadly it’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think.”
Sad, sad, then happy!!!
27. “I got almost $1.4 billion when I wasn’t supposed to get $1 — not $1. He’s not going to get $1. Well, I got $1.4 billion, but I’m not happy with it.”
Yet another example of the utter contradictions at the heart of Trump. He refuses to concede that he came out on the losing end of the compromise that emerged out of Congress. But if that was true, then why did he need to declare a national emergency to get the $3.6 billion in military funding? Answer: It’s not true.
28. “I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”
In which the President of the United States undermines the necessity of declaring a national emergency even as he is announcing said national emergency. Truly remarkable.
29. “And I don’t have to do it for the election; I’ve already done a lot of wall for the election 2020.”
[Narrator voice] He hasn’t.
30. “So I love tariffs, but I also love them to negotiate.”
Tariffs are great! Negotiating is also great!
31. “The USMCA from Mexico — that’s United States, Mexico, Canada — that’s where the money’s coming from, not directly, but indirectly, for the wall. And nobody wants to talk about that.”
They may not want to talk about it because Trump’s claim is, well, false.
32. “But, you know, I never did politics before. Now I do politics.”
“Now I do politics.” — The President of the United States
33. “In the meantime, I built a lot of wall. I have a lot of money, and I built a lot of wall.”
[narrator voice] He didn’t.
34. “Where a bad person comes in, brings 22 or 23 or 35 of his family members because he has his mother, his grandmother, his sister, his cousin, his uncle. They’re all in.”
Experts in the immigration field have dismissed Trump’s numbers here as wholly untethered to reality.
35. “Here’s a guy who could speak for three hours without a phone call. Try doing that sometime. For three hours, he speaks.”
Donald Trump likes Rush Limbaugh because Limbaugh can speak for three hours straight. So, there’s that.
36. “Ann Coulter. I don’t know her. I hardly know her. I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year. But the press loves saying, ‘Ann Coulter.'”
Trump has tweeted favorably about — or retweeted — Coulter 47 times since 2015, according to the Trump Twitter archive. “Thank you @AnnCoulter for your nice words. The U.S. is becoming a dumping ground for the world. Pols don’t get it. Make America Great Again,” he tweeted in June 2015.
37. “So I like her. But she’s off the reservation. But anybody that knows her understands that. But I haven’t spoken to her. I don’t follow her. I don’t talk to her. But the press loves to bring up the name ‘Ann Coulter.’ And you know what, I think she’s fine. I think she’s good. But I just don’t speak to her. “
I dare you to tell me, definitively, how Trump feels about Ann Coulter.
38. “I actually have a couple of people on CNN that have been very good.”
Two things here: 1) Trump says he never watches CNN 2) Trump defines “very good” as “they say nice things about me.”
39. “Because your question is a very political question, because you have an agenda, you’re CNN, you’re fake news, you have an agenda.”
But you were just saying such nice things! I thought we had something! Something real!
40. “No, no, I use many stats. I use many stats.”
Trump doesn’t accept stats about border crossing or ports of entry that are provided by his administration. So, what stats does he accept? He won’t say.
41.”You have stats that are far worse than the ones that I use, but I use many stats, but I also use Homeland Security.”
[looks vacantly into space]
42. “When I came into office, I met right there in the Oval Office with President Obama. And I sat in those beautiful chairs.”
Glad he remembers the chairs. So beautiful!
43. “I believe he would have gone to war with North Korea. I think he was ready to go to war. In fact, he told me he was so close to starting a big war with North Korea.”
Wait, so former President Barack Obama told Trump he was planning a “big” war against North Korea? Interesting! I am sure that conversation happened exactly as Trump said it did!
44. “Prime Minister Abe of Japan gave me the most beautiful copy of a letter that he sent to the people who give out a thing called the Nobel Prize.”
No big deal — just nominated for a little thing called the Nobel Prize. (Side note: Abe is refusing to deny he nominated Trump for the prize.)
45. “Many other people feel that way, too. I’ll probably never get it. But that’s OK. They gave it to Obama. He didn’t even know what he got it for. He was there for about 15 seconds, and he got the Nobel Prize.”
Trump views himself — even now as president — as the guy looking in from the outside at the exclusive club that won’t let him in. And he hates it. It drives the tremendous resentment and bitterness her harbors to the so-called “elites.”
46. “I mean, it was the most beautiful five-letter — five-page letter. Nobel Prize. He sent it to them.”
Nobel Prize. Letter. Beautiful. Five pages. Letter. Beautiful. Nobel Prize.
47. “Nobody else would have done that. The Obama administration couldn’t have done it.”
So true. And, no, I am not totally sure what Trump is referencing here. But, he did it. And Obama didn’t. This feels like a good place to end.

SFChron editorial: Why the Chronicle didn’t join the editorial crowd on Trump

Repost from The San Francisco Chronicle

Why the San Francisco Chronicle isn’t joining the editorial crowd on Trump

By John Diaz Aug. 16, 2018
President Donald Trump takes questions from reporters outside the White House, in Washington on March 13. ,More than 200 newspapers have committed to publishing editorials on the same day, Aug. 16, on the dangers of the Trump administrations assault on the press. Photo: Tom Brenner / New York Times

When the Boston Globe called on the nation’s newspaper editorial boards to come together against President Trump’s “dirty war on the free press,” regular readers of The San Francisco Chronicle no doubt assumed we would be among the first in line.

After all, in our unsigned editorials and in my Sunday column, this newspaper’s criticism of Trump’s efforts to delegitimize, threaten and neuter independent journalism has been clear, emphatic and repeated since the early days of his presidential campaign.

But our editorial board will not be joining the estimated 300 newspapers which have signed on to the Globe’s pitch for a coordinated editorial campaign in Thursday’s editions.

It’s not that we take issue with the argument that Trump’s assault on the truth generally, and his efforts to diminish the free press specifically, pose a serious threat to American democracy. I wholeheartedly agree with Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe’s deputy editorial page editor, that such unprecedented attacks on press freedom by the president of the United States “are alarming.”

Here is our board’s thinking:

One of our most essential values is independence. The Globe’s argument is that having a united front on the issue — with voices from Boise to Boston taking a stand for the First Amendment, each in a newspaper’s own words — makes a powerful statement. However, I would counter that answering a call to join the crowd, no matter how worthy the cause, is not the same as an institution deciding on its own to raise a matter.

Our decision might have been different had we not weighed in so often on Trump’s myriad moves to undermine journalism: from calling us “enemies of the American people” to invoking the term “fake news” against real news to denying access to reporters who dare do their jobs to slapping tariffs on newsprint to requesting the prosecution of reporters who reveal classified information to threatening punitive actions against the business interest of owners of CNN and the Washington Post.

The list goes on.

It’s worth pausing to note the role of the editorial board. At The Chronicle, as with most American newspapers, the position on the unsigned pieces on the editorial page reflect the consensus of a board that includes the publisher and the editors and writers in the opinion department. That operation is kept separate from the news side, where editors and reporters make their judgments without regard to the newspaper’s editorial positions. This includes the endorsements we make in elections.

I am well aware that this “separation of church and state” — as we call it — is well understood and enforced within the building, but is not universally known or accepted by Americans, especially on the far left and right, who might be skeptical of mainstream media.

This brings me to my other concern of the Globe-led campaign: It plays into Trump’s narrative that the media are aligned against him. I can just anticipate his Thursday morning tweets accusing the “FAKE NEWS MEDIA” of “COLLUSION!” and “BIAS!” He surely will attempt to cite this day of editorials to discredit critical and factual news stories in the future, even though no one involved in those pieces had anything to do with this campaign.

Yes, those of us in the journalism profession do have a bias that the health of our democracy depends on vigorous reporting that can keep the people in power accountable. That is no less essential whether an elected official is Republican or Democrat, hostile or friendly to the press.

Our editorial page will continue to speak out against this president’s war on the free press. Our silence on Thursday is testament to our commitment to do it in our own way, on our own timetable.

John Diaz is The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial page editor.

Vallejo Times-Herald Editorial: The only thing ‘fake’ is calling us ‘the enemy’

Repost from the Vallejo Times-Herald
[Editor: Our president’s foul mouth and shameful behavior is dangerous.  A free and unfettered press is incredibly important. Note that local news is also an issue of great significance.  Recent cutbacks at both the Benicia Herald and the Vallejo Times-Herald leave Benicia largely unreported. See my editorial, Loss of local news coverage by Benicia Herald & Vallejo Times-Herald.  – RS]

Our View: The only thing ‘fake’ is calling us ‘the enemy’

By the Editor, 08/15/18, 2:58 PM PDT

We are not the enemy.

It’s shocking that in this country, built on the foundation of a free press, we would ever have to say that. But we live in shocking times. And we are under attack — from our president.

He has called us “the enemy of the American people.” He disparages our work as “fake news.”

At his rallies, he verbally abuses us. Not surprisingly, some of his supporters have taken it to the next step, threatening violence.

Last week, he tweeted about the press: “They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War! They are very dangerous & sick!”

Enough. This isn’t OK.

We can’t sit here and be silent. The notion that we are the enemy fomenting division domestically and abroad is absurd. When someone says something that wrong, that egregious, we can’t just let it go — especially when that person is the president.

Understand, as much delight as he seems to bask in while taking shots at us, the president isn’t lobbing “fake news” charges at us for the sport of it. There’s a method to this madness — and it’s centered by the only thing being “fake” in this equation is what continually comes out of the president’s mouth.

The president, through his constant Twitter use and his public statements, spews half-truths, falsehoods and outright lies at an historic rate for a United States President. According to PolitiFact, Trump’s statements are “mostly false” 22 percent of the time, “false” 33 percent of the time and “pants on fire” false 14 percent of the time. That’s an astounding 69 percent of the time where the president is not telling the entire truth.

But don’t just take PolitiFact’s word for it. Just listen to the president, just the other day.

“The head of U.S. Steel called me the other day, and he said, ‘We’re opening up six major facilities and expanding facilities that have never been expanded.’ They haven’t been opened in many, many years.” the president told a round table of American workers.

Except U.S. Steel is doing no such thing. All U.S. Steel has announced is that it will restart two blast furnaces and steelmaking facilities at the company’s Granite City Works integrated plant in Illinois — one in March and the other in October.

And the ridiculous things Trump said about the latest round of devastating California wildfires? We won’t even justify that by repeating it.

These lies are important to remember, because they are why Trump attacks the media with such zealousness: To discredit us. To get his base to believe his lies, not the fourth estate’s carefully sourced stories, many of which feature the president’s own words contradicting himself and others in the White House.

Journalists are trying to do a job. We’re not trying to tear down our nation. We’re trying to strengthen it. For we believe in the foundational premise behind the First Amendment — that our nation is stronger if its people are informed.

That’s just as true when talking about the local city council and school board as it is when discussing national and international policymaking and politics.

We sincerely believe that most of you understand that — otherwise you wouldn’t be reading our newspapers and websites. For that, we are deeply grateful.

You understand that we express our opinions on the editorial pages, but the reporters whose articles appear in the rest of the newspaper seek to present their work without bias.

You understand that there’s a qualitative difference between the reporting of mainstream journalists and the unchecked information — and disinformation — that flows alongside our work on Facebook and Twitter.

We wish the president could focus on fixing the threats to our democracy that stream through social media, rather than conflating social media and professional journalists to insinuate that somehow we’re all the same.

Yes, we make mistakes. We’re human. But we try to correct our errors as quickly as possible. And we’re certainly not purveyors of made-up information.

Today, we, and scores of other news organizations across the country, at the urging of the Boston Globe editorial page, are speaking up — defending the integrity of our journalists against the incessant onslaught from the president.

It’s a remarkable, unprecedented moment. Frankly, it’s scary. We’re afraid, for our personal safety and for the future of our country. These attacks on the press are an attack on our nation’s foundation.

And we’re angry. Angry that we work so hard to carry out the mission our Founding Fathers envisioned, to provide the free flow of information so critical to a well-functioning democracy, only to be demonized by our president for doing our jobs.

Today, we ask readers to keep supporting us. And, whatever your political leanings or feelings about the president’s policies, recognize that the press has an important role to play in our nation.

We take it very seriously. We wish Trump did, too.