President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego.
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With emergency declaration, Trump ignores public will (among other things)

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When Donald Trump issues an emergency declaration in order to build a border wall, he’ll do so while ignoring the will of the American mainstream.

In January, two-thirds of Americans – including more than a quarter of Trump’s own party – expressed opposition to a national emergency declaration in Quinnipiac University polling.

A CNN poll earlier this month had a similar result. A Fox News poll released Wednesday showed slightly more support for a national emergency declaration, but nearly 1 in 5 of those who voted for Trump in 2016 opposed his taking this action. Overall, support for the move in the Fox poll was similar to a poll the network conducted in January.

A Post-ABC News poll released in January makes another point clear: Opposition to using a national emergency to build the wall is actually higher than opposition to the wall in general.

When the president issues an emergency declaration, he’ll do so while ignoring the advice of White House attorneys, who still aren’t sure this gambit is legal.

When he issues an emergency declaration, he’ll do so while ignoring the advice of congressional Republicans, who’ve warned him for weeks not to do this.

When he issues an emergency declaration, he’ll do so while ignoring history and American governing norms.

When he issues an emergency declaration, he’ll do so while ignoring the meaning of the word “emergency.”

When he issues an emergency declaration, he’ll do so while ignoring the fact that it’s manifestly obvious there is no actual emergency at the border (aside from the political emergency Trump created by making a ridiculous campaign promise and picking a pointless fight).

It appears the only folks the president isn’t ignoring work for conservative media.

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With emergency declaration, Trump ignores public will (among other things)

Updated