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Despite some Republicans urging Trump to declare an emergency, many are freaking out about it

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (L-R) Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) hold a news conference about Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill August 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. Republicans on the committee claim that Senate Democrats are attempting to slow or stall Kavanaugh's confirmation with demands to see emails and other records relating to KavanaughÕs time as staff secretary to former President George W. Bush. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks—a man who once publicly said “people who live good lives” shouldn’t have to pay into insurance pools that include people with diseases like cancer, only to be diagnosed with cancer himself six months later—that Mo Brooks is at it again.

In a downright combative appearance on CNN, Brooks ran through a number of talking points that were straight from Stephen Miller’s desk in the White House. He claimed, incredibly, that 15,000 Americans per year were killed from the lack of a wall on the southern border, despite more than 700 miles of fencing already in place. 

CNN host John Berman had remained calm and stuck to the facts, reminding Brooks of his own prior statements about executive power, something he was vehemently against when Barack Obama was president. And that’s when Brooks lost it, screaming about 15,000 Americans per year dying because of a lack of border security and how it constituted a national emergency. He even played a Trump card, going into bully mode and accusing the host and network of being biased.

If this is such a national emergency now, why have a Republican-controlled House, Senate, and White House done nothing about it over the last two years? And if 15,000 deaths per year is enough to take this drastic step toward authoritarian rule, what does he say about the 40,000 Americans who die every year due to gun violence? Why isn’t that a national emergency? It should be.

Watch the brief clip and then jump below to see how other Republicans are starting to freak out about the idea that this declaration of a national emergency could give the next president, almost assuredly a Democrat, new power to deal with actual, real national and world emergencies, like climate change and gun violence.


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