California Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is making the most of his moment in the spotlight. As chair of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Schiff has vowed to spend his days working to make things as difficult for President Donald Trump as possible and he’s been making good on that goal thus far. His latest schtick has been going after Trump over the border situation, the declared national emergency and wall funding. A perfect example was this love note of a tweet that he appropriately fired off on Valentine’s Day.
Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don’t need, to address a crisis that doesn’t exist, by claiming an authority he doesn’t have.
If that sounds like nonsense, it’s because it is. It’s also plainly unconstitutional.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) February 14, 2019
Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don’t need, to address a crisis that doesn’t exist, by claiming an authority he doesn’t have. If that sounds like nonsense, it’s because it is. It’s also plainly unconstitutional.
Keep some of those quotes in mind. A wall “we don’t need.” A crisis “that doesn’t exist.” It’s all just “nonsense.”
Unfortunately for Congressman Schiff, the internet has a long memory. And one Twitter user quickly pointed out some positions Schiff took in the past that don’t seem to match up very well with his current rhetoric.
Adam Schiff wrote an article about how dangerous the border was in 2011. I wonder what changed. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/UehYDXvLkb
— Steph (@steph93065) February 13, 2019
The article this Twitter user highlighted was an editorial that Schiff wrote for Politico in 2011. Remember all the recent social media sniping over whether or not there was an actual crisis or emergency at the border and how the President was wrong to cite violence in or around El Paso? Schiff certainly had a different view of matters when Barack Obama was in office. (Emphasis added)
Extortion cases have tripled since 2004, murder rates have skyrocketed. The horrific violence in Ciudad Juarez — just across the border from El Paso, Texas — makes it one of the most dangerous cities in the world outside a war zone.
And make no mistake, U.S. guns have fueled the violence. Because there is such easy access in the U.S. to guns — including assault weapons — no one knows just how many have been smuggled into Mexico. Since Calderon took office, Mexican authorities have seized and traced nearly 94,000 guns: More than 60 percent have come from the United States. Yet the real number of guns shipped across the border is likely many times higher.
This illegal traffic in guns and drugs is a serious national security and public safety threat for both the U.S. and Mexico. Drug traffickers use ever more brutal measures to get their product into the United States, and U.S. Border Patrol agents face daily assaults with increasingly deadly results.
So the border represented a “serious national security and public safety threat” only eight years ago. And the border crossing at El Paso was one of the most dangerous places in the world “outside a war zone.” But now it’s no big deal? The article is filled with plenty more where that came from, repeatedly highlighting how dangerous the border is for both law enforcement and local citizens from both countries.
Of course, now that Donald Trump wants to actually do something about this serious national security and public safety threat, those concerns are all nonsense. I didn’t realize we’d managed to get the entire border situation under control so quickly. God bless America. We must be truly great indeed.