As I predicted, 16 cities, led mostly by Open Border Democrats and the Radical Left, have filed a lawsuit in, of course, the 9th Circuit! California, the state that has wasted billions of dollars on their out of control Fast Train, with no hope of completion, seems in charge!
That’s what Donald Trump’s “very large brain” instructed his very small thumbs to furiously type just before 7:45 ET on Tuesday morning.
As usual, the president managed to cram more punchlines into a single tweet than should theoretically be possible, but that’s the miracle of Trump: every, single time he opens his Twitter app, he produces some the best multi-layered satire known to mankind without even trying.
Let’s start with the first three words. When he says “As I predicted”, he is literally trying to turn being sued into an opportunity to boast about his ability to see the future, which would be funny enough on its own, but it’s enhanced by the fact that it doesn’t take a “stable genius” to “predict” that you’ll be sued if you try to do something illegal.
As one Twitter follower put it, mocking Trump, “As I predicted when I was stabbing that guy, the police are arresting me.”
In the very next word/number, Trump accidentally makes another joke. He says “16 cities”, but it’s actually 16 states, a distinction I think most of us will agree is important.
The full lawsuit is embedded below, but suffice to say California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Attorney General Dana Nessel on behalf of the People of Michigan, are calling Trump’s emergency an illegal “scheme”. And yes, that’s just as hilarious as it sounds. Here’s an excerpt which finds the states asking the court to protect them from the President of the United States:
[We] bring this action to protect residents, natural resources, and economic interests from President Donald J. Trump’s flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers principles engrained in the United States Constitution. Contrary to the will of Congress, the President has used the pretext of a manufactured “crisis” of unlawful immigration to declare a national emergency and redirect federal dollars appropriated for drug interdiction, military construction, and law enforcement initiatives toward building a wall on the United States-Mexico border. This includes the diversion of funding that each of the Plaintiff States receive. Defendants must be enjoined from carrying out President Trump’s unconstitutional and unlawful scheme.
As you might expect, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, told The New York Times that the best argument against Trump’s emergency declaration came from – wait for it – Trump himself.
“Probably the best evidence is the president’s own words,” Becerra said, a reference to Trump’s Friday speech in the Rose Garden, during which the president said this:
Every lawyer in the country cringed in unison when those words came out of Trump’s mouth. That is a sitting president announcing a legally dubious end-around clearly designed to circumvent Congress by saying “I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.” It was the worst possible thing he could have said and he said it on national television in the Rose Garden.
As a reminder, Trump is trying to access some $3.6 billion in military construction accounts and $2.5 billion from anti-drug funds in order to bridge the gap between the $1.375 billion Congress has allotted for border barriers and the arbitrary number ($5.7 billion) that he continues to shriek about at his rallies.
Since Friday, Trump has been sued by the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen, by the Center for Biological Diversity in conjunction with the Defenders of Wildlife and the Animal Legal Defense Fund and now by 16 states. He’s expected to be sued by the ACLU, Protect Democracy and the Niskanen Center by the end of the week.
A regular Nostradamus, he is.
As we often say, Trump’s trials and tribulations are so funny that they elude satire. It’s decidedly difficult to add anything in the way of comedic value to this situation, unless you’re Trump himself, in which case you can always just tweet something and elicit uproarious laughter.
In a true testament to just how farcical this situation is, the Times notes that “legal specialists expect the Justice Department to urge a court not to consider facts about the border or Trump’s words, but rather to defer to the president’s decision.”
While there’s a lot of precedent to suggest that Trump will prevail based on the courts’ penchant for deference to the executive when it comes to national security, it is hilarious that the DoJ has been put in a position where it has to beg the court not to listen to what comes out of Trump’s mouth or to otherwise “consider the facts”, because doing either of those things would immediately expose this farce for what it is.
In any case, you can (and should) read the lawsuit for yourself.