Bret Stephens: Would love to see Hannity react when Dem declares climate change emergency

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens said on Friday he would "love to see" what Fox News host Sean Hannity would say if a future Democratic president declared "a national emergency over climate change" or for another reason. 

Stephens made the comment on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," hours before Trump declared a national emergency in an announcement from the Rose Garden. 

"The powers that Trump appropriates for himself now and that Republicans like Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLessons from the 1999 U.S. military intervention in Kosovo Five things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off Romney helps GOP look for new path on climate change MORE willingly grant him are powers that future Democratic presidents are certainly going to seize using this as a precedent," Stephens said. 

"And real conservatives already rue the day, but these faux conservatives are going to rue that day when they handed over so much power to an executive to act when he or she pleases," he continued.

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"When Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC MORE starts seizing banks or Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Top Dem: 'Certainly a possibility' that Congress will call Barr, Mueller to testify publicly Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll MORE declares a national emergency over climate change, I’d love to see what Sean Hannity has to say."  

Stephens and Hannity have sparred in the past, with Stephens once referring to Hannity as the network's "dumbest anchor."

The Fox News opinion host responded by calling Stephens an "arrogant, out of touch elitist" and a "dumbass with his head up his ass."

Trump’s national emergency is being embraced by some conservatives, but other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle fretted about the precedent it could set around executive power. 

“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Countdown clock is on for Mueller conclusions Omar: White supremacist attacks are rising because Trump publicly says 'Islam hates us' MORE broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Omar controversies shadow Dems at AIPAC Five things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.) said in a joint statement Thursday.

“It is yet another demonstration of President Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president’s fear-mongering doesn’t make it one.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse leaders need to modernize Congress for the sake of America Overnight Energy: McConnell tees up vote on Green New Deal | Centrist Dems pitch alternative to plan | House Republican likens Green New Deal to genocide | Coca-Cola reveals it uses 3M tons of plastic every year House GOP lawmaker says Green New Deal is like genocide MORE (R-Calif.) voiced his support for the president's national emergency on Thursday. 

"We face a humanitarian and national security crisis at the border that must be addressed and the President’s declaration is merely a statement of fact. With the declaration and other legal authorities, the President has access to important tools to take the steps necessary to secure the border," McCarthy said.