Rep. Lucy McBathLucia (Lucy) Kay McBathBiden meets with vulnerable House Democrats with agenda in limbo Early redistricting plans show GOP retrenching for long haul Draft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux MORE (D-Georgia) on Friday criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE’s decision to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall.
Speaking on CNN, McBath said that there “really is a national emergency,” but on gun violence, not immigration.
“People continue to die every single day,” McBath told CNN’s John Berman. “We know that we’ve got over a hundred people in this country that die unnecessarily to gun violence every single day… that is a public health crisis.”
“That is a national emergency,” she added. “Not a wall.”
The freshman lawmaker was inspired to run for Congress following her teenage son’s shooting death. She ousted Rep. Karen HandelKaren Christine HandelDraft Georgia congressional lines target McBath, shore up Bourdeaux Ossoff defeats Perdue in Georgia Senate runoff McBath wins rematch against Handel in Georgia House race MORE (R-Ga.) for a seat been held by Republicans for decades.
McBath said Friday that she would back a national emergency on gun violence, but that she would want such a declaration to go through Congress.
Trump has threatened for weeks to declare a national emergency at the southern border in order to secure funding for his proposed border wall, a key campaign promise, without Congress.
The White House announced Thursday that Trump would avert a second government shutdown by signing a funding bill that provided just $1.375 billion for border security, a fraction of the $5.7 billion he originally demanded from lawmakers.
On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency, and said he would seek to redirect funding from the Treasury and Defense departments to pay for the wall.
After Trump announced his decision on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDems look to keep tax on billionaires in spending bill Sunday shows - Democrats' spending plan in the spotlight Pelosi won't say if she'll run for reelection in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.) warned Republicans that a Democratic president could use the same powers to declare an emergency on guns.
“The precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans,” she said.