Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall today and at a widely panned news conference later essentially admitted it wasn’t an emergency. Many Republicans aren’t happy about this. But our attorney general, Leslie Rutledge, hustled out a statement cheering the great man.
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today issued the following statement in support of President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border.
“From day one, President Trump has been committed to securing America’s southern border and today he honored that promise,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Following decades of failed policies, I support these efforts to restore security and integrity to our immigration system.”
My favorite take so far on Trump was from Charles Pierce of Esquire:
My sweet bearded Lord, what a performance. I don’t know what my favorite part was. It might have been when he admitted to NBC’s Peter Alexander that he was only declaring an emergency because he wanted to get his mitts on the money as fast as possible. It might have been the moment when he recalled how Barack Obama told him that he was planning on launching a “very big war” on the Korean Peninsula (And this was after the president* said he wouldn’t speak for Obama, and then made up a bullshit story about him.)
Was it is revelation that Shinzo Abe of Japan had nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize? Was it the way he repeatedly hung Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen out to dry, telling the reporters that the statistics on immigrants and crime produced by DHS didn’t match up with the secret “stats” he has? It may have been when he shouted out his favorite wingnut celebrities, and then said that not only did he not know Ann Coulter, but that he hadn’t talked to her in a year. Oh, OK. If you wanted to produce a commercial to sell the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, this was it.
But back to Leslie Rutledge. She’s running for governor in 2020. So far, the people of Arkansas are sticking with Trump and she knows it. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin is running in 2020, too. (Already running hard, in fact, judging by a steady round of public appearances, news releases about same and a report that he was overheard conniving with GOP Chair Doyle Webb about some potential campaign finance trickery in the days ahead. Griffin had distanced himself from Trump. And he’s a Bushie war roomer, who oversaw the voter caging that helped give Bush a victory in 2004.
A Trump visit to Arkansas to campaign with Rutledge? A rich prospect.