Divert the emergency aid to build Trump’s toy

Trump is still trying to steal money allocated to real disasters to spend on his pretend bogus make-believe disaster. Yes that’s right, he wants to steal money meant for people who lost everything in hurricanes and wildfires so that he can spend it on a giant pointless wall saying GO AWAY BROWN PEOPLE.

President Trump traveled to the border on Thursday to warn of [imaginary] crime and chaos on the frontier, as White House officials considered diverting emergency aid from storm- and fire-ravaged Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas and California to build a border barrier, perhaps under an emergency declaration.

Insertion mine. Emphasis mine.

“It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier,” [Lindsey Graham] said later in a brief statement. He added, “I hope it works.”

The administration appeared to be looking into just such a solution: using extraordinary emergency powers to get around Congress in funding the wall. Among the options, the White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to determine whether it can divert for wall construction $13.9 billion allocated last year after devastating hurricanes and wildfires, according to congressional and Defense Department officials with knowledge of the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the possibility.

Emphasis mine. His disaster on the border is a fantasy, and he wants to steal money meant for repairs after very real disasters, to make a pretend solution to his pretend disaster. It’s vile.

The president is allowed to divert unspent money from projects under a national emergency. But a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe confidential discussions, questioned the legality of using Army Corps funding, saying it would be subject to restrictions under the Stafford Act, which governs disaster relief. The official said the process was as much a political exercise intended to threaten projects Democrats valued as a pragmatic one.

Yeah, boy, that’ll show those pesky Democrats, take away their precious money to fix smashed infrastructure that people depend on to survive. Suck it, libbruls!

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