'Gross abuse of power': Democrats tear into Trump's latest 'ridiculous' power grab

'Gross abuse of power': Democrats tear into Trump's latest 'ridiculous' power grab
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Caught in the middle of trying to prevent another government shutdown after his last one proved so politically damaging, but unwilling to anger his allies in right-wing media who slammed Congress' bargain on border security and government funding a "garbage compromise," President Donald Trump finally decided to take the plunge and do something he had until recently been looking less likely to do: declare a national emergency.

Right now, the specifics are unclear on this impending emergency declaration, which was first announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but the White House has previously laid out what it might look like: Trump could divert billions of dollars from the Treasury, the Pentagon, and the Department of Homeland Security, seize land along the southern border and direct the Army Corps of Engineers to build a wall, bypassing Congress altogether.

This strategy is both dangerous, and potentially vulnerable to both legal challenges and a congressional vote to block it. But even before the emergency has been officially announced, Democrats have unified in solidarity against the scheme.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately put out a statement condemning the emergency declaration as a "lawless act" and a "gross abuse of power":

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) immediately condemned the declaration as well:

And the declared Democratic candidates for president came out swinging, many of them blasting Trump's power grab, and others pointing out that America is facing a number of actual national emergencies:

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