I may be way off base here, especially since I have not seen anyone else float this theory. But does anyone else think that maybe Donald Trump’s speech tonight will:
A. Declare a national emergency.
B. Order the military to build the wall across the southern border, and to use their money to pay for it.
C. End the shutdown.
If the military is going to build and fund the wall, then he doesn’t need the shutdown to force Congress to allocate money for it. So he gets to end the shutdown and (most importantly) save face.
It doesn’t matter if the courts (eventually) decide to block his fake national emergency. He will still declare victory tonight, which will satisfy his base. Even if he loses later, he can still claim that he tried everything, but it is all the fault of the Democrats.
It would not be the first time that Trump gave in, but declared victory anyway. And got away with it.
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