Brian Kilmeade and Pete Hegseth Flip-Flop, Are Now FOR National Emergency: Dems ‘Would Do the Same’


“[Declaring a national emergency] would just be a disaster in the big picture and just show us being inept and unable to govern around the world and set a terrible precedent.”

Those were the words of Brian Kilmeade on Jan. 10. But now that President Donald Trump is reportedly pulling the trigger on that move?

“After the 35-day holdout, after the negotiation with 17 bipartisan bicameral, after he sees what’s in front of him, after he only gets hours to read it knowing that the government is about to shut down in a matter of hours, he was going to throw this in the street. So this is, ‘I tried. Now I’m going to use these powers.’ And the president sincerely believes it is an emergency.”

Yes, Kilmeade has pulled a 180 on the shutdown — with his logic being that the president took his best shot to negotiate and failed. So now, as he sees it, other measures are justified. How, exactly, this new stance runs counter to Kilmeade’s Jan. 10 point about the emergency demonstrating Washington’s ineptitude and inability to govern is something we can’t quite figure out.

Pete Hegseth found himself in the same boat on Fox & Friends Friday morning. He too was against declaring the emergency, until he was for it.

“You’re totally right,” Hegseth told Kilmeade. “It’s not a knee-jerk reaction. I think you’re where a lot of people were. I wasn’t for a national emergency a while ago either. But once you see the obstruction and the resistance — he tried. This makes sense. And the precedent argument? Listen, liberals and Democrats, if they had power, would do the same thing. There’s also plenty of precedent.”

On this last point, many Republicans do not agree.

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