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

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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 McConnell 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.

{mosads}”When Elizabeth Warren starts seizing banks or Kamala Harris 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 Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (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 McCarthy (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. 

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