President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video on Wednesday of a portion of his border wall being built in New Mexico, while Democrats remain outraged over his declaration of a national emergency.
“We have just built this powerful Wall in New Mexico,” Trump wrote with the 24 second video he tweeted. “Completed on January 30, 2019 – 47 days ahead of schedule! Many miles more now under construction! #FinishTheWall.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
The video features workmen clearing the ground and then cranes place sections of the steel slatted wall into position.
Democrats are reeling and are planning battles since the president declared a national emergency to finish the needed construction.
Kirsten Gillibrand, who’s seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination, said Trump is spreading a “hateful message” with his building of a wall.
“Democrats have funded border security for decades and so it’s not a question of not wanting to keep the country safe, but what President Trump wants to do is build a medieval-style wall out of concrete and one that will destroy not just the community but the environment,” she said.
“And it is a hateful message. I mean he’s trying to create a picture of division and hate and derision. And that’s what I’m so offended by: the fact that he’s fused this kind of racism in, in his words and actions is just troubling,” she added. Earlier this week she said the president’s national emergency was “manufactured.”
Almost all of the 2020 presidential candidates are separating themselves from Trump and his wall.
“Republicans wouldn’t have tolerated this if Obama did it,” Sen. Cory Booker told Fox News at a campaign event in New Hampshire. “And they shouldn’t tolerate it when Donald Trump is doing it.”
Sen. Kamala Harris said this was a crisis of the president’s own making.
“This is a crisis of his own making because it was a campaign pledge that took heat and propelled him to victory,” she said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. “He feels the need to keep reciting what is a lie.”
Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro are drafting a resolution that would block Trump’s declaration. Castro plans to offer it on Friday, Reuters reported.
92 lawmakers have signed on and House Democrats could push it through the legislative process to have on the House floor by mid-March. It is not likely to have an easy road in the Senate. But if both the House and Senate passed legislation stopping Trump, it would have to go to the president for his signature, and he would likely veto it. Overriding Trump’s veto would require a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
Credit: Daily Mail