President Donald Trump left Democrats scrambling on Thursday after announcing he would declare a national emergency to secure the U.S. border.
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a chilling threat to the Second Amendment in the even that a Democrat takes the White House in 2020.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders explained Trump’s plans in a statement:
“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action - including a national emergency - to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border,” she said.
The statement continued: “The President is once again delivering on his promise to build the wall, protect the border, and secure our great country.”
In a clear bid to discourage the president from declaring a national emergency, Pelosi suggested that a Democratic president could use the executive power to declare a national emergency on gun violence. This would clearly mean federal gun confiscation on some level.
"The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi also said Democrats would “review” their legal options in response to Trump’s declaration.
Pelosi also said claimed that the border crisis is not a crisis at all, it’s just a “humanitarian challenge.”