Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, said President Donald Trump had purposefully “manufactured” a crisis to revive his imploding presidency.
The MSNBC contributor appeared Thursday on “Morning Joe,” where he said the president was preparing to declare a national emergency to send a signal to his base supporters.
“I don’t see any wiggle room for Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer to go back into the White House and say, ‘Here’s $2 billion or $3 billion for the wall,'” Steele said. “That’s just off the table.”
Steele said the president wanted to declare a national emergency over the southern border, and he said the shutdown would help him accomplish that.
“We are where we are because this is actually where Trump wants to be,” he said. “This idea of a national emergency, while he tinker-toyed around with it, he said, ‘Well, I may, I have the authority to do it, I might do it’ — he absolutely wants to do it, because it is the only offer has.”
Steele said the emergency and resulting court challenge would buy Trump some much-needed time.
“He’ll throw it into the courts, let them work it out,” Steele said. “He’ll go to the base and say, ‘I did everything, I got the money for the wall, we’re going to start building the wall,’ and then six months, eight months, whatever time is left over to figure all of that out — he will have moved on.”
Steele said the situation would likely play out again, sometime down the road.
“There will be other emergencies that will be manufactured and put on table for the House, the Senate, the nation to deal with,” he said. “But we’re here because this is where the president wants us to be right now.”
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White woman pulls gun on Black woman after allegedly almost hitting her with her car
On Wednesday, a viral video showed a white woman in Auburn Hills, Michigan, pulling a handgun on a Black woman in an altercation in a parking lot.
According to the woman taking the video, the white woman nearly hit the Black woman while backing up her van, and the argument escalated quickly.
"Get the license plate!" the Black woman can be heard shouting.
"Don't you f**king jump behind my car," replied the woman with the gun. "Get the f**k back! Get the f**k back! Back the f**k up!"
According to the poster, the woman who brandished the gun has been arrested.
July 4 re-opening still on after employee at private sports club owned by billionaire governor tests positive for coronavirus
After at least three complaints alleging lax reopening practices at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s luxury resort hotel, a kitchen employee has tested positive for the coronavirus at a residential and sports club affiliated with The Greenbrier.
Local Health Department officials directed a 14-day quarantine for potentially exposed employees at The Lodge, a restaurant at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, and the venue will remain closed until July 10. Festivities planned at the club for July 4 will go on, but with food from other facilities.
"While the events of the past few days certainly have thrown us a curve ball, we have reached out to our friends and colleagues in the area to pull together a festival that will have something for everyone," the director of operations at the sporting club, Allen Wills, told its 400 members in a Tuesday night email, obtained by ProPublica.