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JOINT STATEMENT: Trump’s “Emergency” Is An End-Run Around Democracy



WASHINGTON — The following organizations, working in coalition to reform and strengthen U.S. democracy, released the following statement:

“Donald Trump’s invocation of an emergency to justify a border wall is an attack on our democracy. It is an end-run around Congress, the democratic process, and the will of voters; it represents yet another step toward autocracy.

“This invocation of emergency powers with such clearly fraudulent justification is a dangerous precedent that could be used to justify almost limitless future abuses of presidential power, resulting in far-reaching harm to us all, especially communities disproportionately at risk.”

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Media Contacts:

Indivisible Project, Emily Phelps,

Public Citizen, Angela Bradbery, 202-503-6768

Democracy 21, Diane Alexander, 202-355-9600,

League of Women Voters, Sarah Courtney, 202-263-1332,

Common Cause, Jay Riestenberg, 202-736-5741,

People For the American Way, Derrick Crowe,

Progressive Turnout Project, Priyal Amin,

Clean Elections Texas, David Jones,

Stand Up America, Zac Petkanas,

Patriotic Millionaires, Sam Quigley, 202-446-0489,

Daily Kos, Carolyn Fiddler,

Franciscan Action Network, Janine Walsh,

End Citizens United, Adam Bozzi,

Truman National Security Project, Graham West,

Open the Government, Ufuoma Otu,

Coalition to Preserve, Protect and Defend, Dennis Aftergut,  

Pride at Work, Jerame Davis, 202-637-5014,

Herd on the Hill, Stacey Stern Albert,

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Lee Morrow, 202-601-7871,

CODEPINK, Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517,

Center for Media and Democracy, Arn Pearson,

Sierra Club, Courtney Bourgoin, (248) 214-6682,,

Our Maryland, Larry Ottinger

National LGBTQ Task Force, Alex Morash,

Michigan Forward, Brandon Jessup,, (734) 717-2745