Conservative Noah Rothman on Monday minced no words when it came to analyzing the dire state of American democracy in the wake of President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration.
During a discussion on Trump’s decision to bypass Congress by declaring a national emergency to build his border wall, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough asked Rothman to imagine how a future Democratic president could use the precedents being set by Trump to enact their own policies that Congress refuses to fund.
Rothman, however, didn’t want to distract from the threat posed by Trump’s actual emergency declaration.
“The worst-case scenario is now,” he said. “It is incredibly dire. What this president has done has been [to] invoke the military to affect domestic policy. He is using the statute that was designed to be invoked when Congress cannot be consulted, to express contempt for Congress’s verdict on this matter.”
Rothman then explained that this situation was made even more dangerous by Republican lawmakers meekly following along with the president’s seizure of congressional power.
“Republicans… don’t want to have to check this presidency,” he said. “The Madisonian scheme here is falling apart. Nobody actually wants to be stewards of their constitutional prerogatives, they want somebody else to take the blame. That’s incredibly disturbing!”
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has cancelled his planned visit to the United Nations General Assembly due to the "political context" in Israel, sources in his office told AFP Wednesday.
Initial results from Tuesday's general election show Netanyahu's Likud party tied with the Blue and White alliance of his main challenger, former army chief Benny Gantz.
According to Israeli media, with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, Netanyahu's right-wing Likud had 31 seats, while Gantz's Blue and White took 32 places in Israel's 120-member parliament.
If the results hold, it will be a major setback for Netanyahu, who hoped to form a right-wing coalition similar to his current administration as he faces possible corruption charges in the weeks ahead.