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Pelosi Shames Trump: Why Don’t You Declare Gun Violence a National Emergency?

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reacted to the announcement that Trump will declare a national emergency at the border by asking, on the first anniversary of the gun massacre in Parkland, Florida, why he doesn’t declare gun violence a national emergency.

At her weekly press conference Thursday, Pelosi was asked about Trump’s intention to declare a national emergency in order to secure funds for the border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.

“It’s important to know that when the president declares this emergency, first of all, it’s not an emergency, what’s happening at the border,” Pelosi said, and repeatedly blasted Trump for “doing an end-run around Congress.”

“Because if the president can declare a National emergency on something that he has created as an emergency, an illusion that he wants to convey, just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people,” Pelosi continued.

“You want to talk about a National emergency? Let’s talk about today,” she said. “The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America. That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.”

“But a Democratic president can do that, a Democratic president can declare emergencies as well. So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans,” Pelosi concluded.

The speaker was later asked if she would want to see a Democratic president declare a national emergency in order to enact gun laws, and she clarified that she would not.

“No I’m just saying if president could do that, if you want to go down that path, then let’s look at me really is a national emergency,” Pelosi said. “I’m not advocating for any president doing an end-run around Congress. I’m just saying that the Republicans should have some dismay about the door that they are opening, the threshold they are crossing.”

Watch the clip above, via Speaker Pelosi’s Office.

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