California Democrat Representative Maxine Waters is calling for nationwide rallies to protest President Trump’s national emergency declaration over the U.S.-Mexico southern border.
President Trump made the announcement to reallocate funds for construction of a border wall.
Waters calls the national emergency declaration by the president “fake emergency powers.”
The Daily Mail reports (watch interview):
‘It’s time for everybody to stand up. All hands on deck to refuse this president these fake emergency powers that he would like the have,’ Waters said on Friday in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
‘And so I’m urging everybody get together —rally in every community across this country all this weekend, send a message to Washington, D.C., ‘No, Mr. President, we’re not going allow you to do this,” the California Democrat continued.
Waters also stepped up her calls for the impeachment of President Trump.
She also reiterated her call for Trump’s impeachment. ‘This president has committed obstruction of justice right before our very eyes,’ she said. ‘He is dishonorable. He does not deserve to be president of the United States.’
Waters said that Trump ‘loves Putin’ and that ‘they conspired to get Trump elected’ so that Russia could ‘drill into the Arctic.’
In New York City, there were a couple of protests following President Trump’s announcement.
On Friday night, there were protests outside of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan, which bears the President’s name but is owned by other investors.
Protesters outside the Columbus Circle hotel held signs with slogans such as ‘Abolish I.C.E.’ and ‘Trump Is The Emergency.’
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement prior to the president’s announcement:
Statement on Government Funding Bill: pic.twitter.com/DrNv9D4rEi
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) February 14, 2019
Maxine Waters is a constant critic of President Trump and continues to challenge him on a range of issues.