Michael Steel, former spokesman for retired House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), told MSNBC on Friday that Republicans supporting President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funding for his border wall would soon come to regret their trade off if and when a Democratic president is elected.
Steel highlighted the hypocrisy of his party, noting that the “firestorm of criticism on the right” that met President Barack Obama’s decision to sidestep Congress to provide legal protections for DREAMers and DACA recipients was “the backdrop against which we look at this new executive action by President Trump.”
“What we’re seeing here is trading short-term gain –getting the president to sign the funding bill, take the off-ramp, end this crisis and move on to the next thing– with a big potential for long term pain,” Steel said. “A future liberal president could use this precedent to do all kinds of things that Republicans would consider anathema.”
The most pressing immediate concern was “the appearance of hypocrisy.”
“Once we get past the embarrassment of the day, and having to deal with the president on this thing, the real worry is, yes, you could have a Medicare for All emergency,” he said. “You could have a climate change emergency, and usher in the new green deal. All of these nightmare scenarios for conservatives, could be possible under this precedent, if it’s allowed by the courts.”
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LISTEN: Charlamagne Tha God clashes with ‘delusional’ Rush Limbaugh in debate over George Floyd’s killing and white privilege
During an interview with Rush Limbaugh this Monday, Charlamagne Tha God called out the conservative radio host for his white privilege and asked him why he's choosing to speak out on George Floyd's killing while there have been countless examples of police violence against black people.
“I know that you’re going to disagree with me on this — to me this is not America,” Limbaugh said, adding that he thinks the U.S. is the greatest country in the world.
But according to Charlamagne, America is only great for some people.
“I think it’s easy for you to say because you’re a white male and that comes with a different level of privilege,” Charlamagne said. “And I do think America does work but it works for the people it was designed to work for. It doesn’t work for everyone else the way it works for you.”
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Canada’s Trudeau rejects inviting Russia to G7 summit
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday rejected Russia's participation in a coming summit of the G7 nations, despite host US President Donald Trump wanting to invite Moscow.
"Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a number of years ago," Trudeau told reporters.
"Its continued disrespect and flaunting of international rules and norms is why it remains outside of the G7 and will continue to remain out," he added.
On Saturday Trump said he would postpone the planned June summit of leaders from the United States, Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy and Japan after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would not be coming, citing the coronavirus pandemic.