ACTION ALERT: Trump’s Fake National Emergency Declaration – Protest on Monday, and Call or Email your MoC

Around the country, Monday, Feb 18, there are actions taking place to protest Trump’s National Emergency.  To find a rally near you – check here.

On Cape Cod:

  • Indivisible Outer Cape will gather at noon in front of Provincetown Town Hall.
  • Lower Cape Indivisible will host a rally at noon at the Orlean’s Rotary.
  • Falmouth Progressives will host a rally at noon on the Falmouth Village Green.

Can’t make a protest or want to take direct action after a rally? Make a call or send an email to your MoC:

From the National Indivisible group, the issue, contact information and scripts:

Here is what Congress can do now

The National Emergencies Act expressly provides a procedure for Congress to terminate a state of emergency by passing a resolution. Congress has never used this procedure. But they should this time.

Congress has an obligation to check Executive Branch abuses, and there is a clear mechanism for doing it. They need to act to protect our democracy by passing a resolution to terminate the phony emergency.

Additionally, with their new oversight powers in the House, Democrats should immediately schedule hearings and investigations into Trump’s illegal power grab.

The state of play

We already know Donald Trump is a wannabe authoritarian who praises dictators and routinely makes us less safe. In fact, we’re tracking the #TrumpThreatLevel here.

We also know that Trump just signed a deal from Congress that increased boots, beds and some “barrier” funding (see our explainer here).

But that wasn’t enough for him. In addition, Trump just declared a fake national emergency to get his way on his unnecessary and xenophobic border wall.

Predictably, because the American people have shut down his bad ideas, Trump the would-be tyrant is now going around Congress, going around the will of the people, and abusing the powers of the presidency.

What exactly did Trump just do?

Congress has passed a large number of “emergency power” statutes, that only activate when the President declares a national emergency. There are two in particular that allow repurposed funding for certain construction projects during a national emergency, that Trump seems to think he can use in this situation. But, of course, there is no national emergency other than the crisis Trump has created himself at the border, and it is far from clear that courts would actually let Trump use these particular powers for this purpose.

Make no mistake: this is an illegal, anti-democratic power grab rooted in racism. There is no emergency. Congress and the people have rejected Trump’s wall. By going around constitutional separations of power and declaring a fake emergency in a desperate attempt to get his way, he is abusing his power, full stop. It is a misuse of authorities that are intended for actual emergencies. It sets dangerous precedent that could further erode our democratic norms and institutions. Worse, it puts the communities most under attack by Trump at even greater risk.

For way too long, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to check presidential power grabs. This must stop. Over and over, presidents have cited “national security” rationale to erode democracy and threaten rights and liberties. Think of the internment of Japanese Americans, post-9/11 torture, and more. We think Trump’s fake emergency declaration is illegal and will be immediately challenged in court. But Congress has a role here too, and must aggressively push back.

To repeat: There is no emergency. If Trump declares a fake one, his racist decision would be a blow to our democracy and we expect Congress to fight back.

Call Now: Demand Your MoCs Reject Trump’s Fake Emergency

Congress has an obligation to check Executive Branch abuses, and there is a clear mechanism for doing it. They need to act to protect our democracy by passing a resolution to terminate the phony emergency. Additionally, Democrats should immediately schedule hearings and investigations into Trump’s illegal power grab. Call your MoCs and tell them to reject Trump’s fake emergency.  Click here for your MoC’s phone numbers.   —  Click here for your MoC’s email.

Suggested Call or Email Script:

“I am horrified that Trump just abused his power to declare a fake emergency. He is going around Congress and the will of the people to get his way. Congress must do everything in its authority to stop this antidemocratic power grab. Will [Member of Congress] commit publicly to supporting a resolution to terminate this false emergency? Will they also publicly call for investigations into this abuse of power?

I will be closely watching for [MoC]’s statements and actions on this. Donald Trump is the national security risk and I am looking to [MoC] to stop him.”

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