Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her cabal of Democrats aren’t used to seeing the courts come down in favor of President Trump. So when the Supreme Court handed down a ruling on Friday, allowing the administration to move forward with a plan to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to continue construction on the border wall, the House speaker was understandably apoplectic.
“This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed,” Pelosi raged. “Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy.”
Um, true. But irrelevant.
In a 5-4 ruling along partisan lines, the Supreme Court ruled Friday that the Trump administration was within its rights to re-allocate Pentagon funds for the border wall, concluding that lower courts were wrong in slapping an injunction against the plan. While this ruling is not the final word on the litigation against the administration, it will allow the Trump administration to start building the wall in the meantime. As such, one can easily conclude that, absent some kind of new evidence, the court has decided that the president is following established law that allows military-allocated funds to be repurposed for domestic security. In this case, halting the flow of drugs into the United States.
The suits against the administration were brought by the Sierra Club, which has insisted that a border wall would damage the public’s ability to enjoy natural resources near the border. In his treatise to the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said that the plaintiffs’ “interests in hiking, bird watching and fishing in designated drug-smuggling corridors do not outweigh the harm to the public from halting the government’s efforts to construct barriers to stanch the flow of illegal narcotics across the southern border.”
This would seem obvious to any reasonable observer, but good luck finding one of those in California courts, where the injunction against the administration was first issued.
The ACLU, which is also (of course) involved in the litigation, says that the case comes down to the president’s executive authority.
“The Trump administration lacks authority to spend taxpayer funds on a wall that Congress considered and denied,” they wrote.
The Supreme Court hasn’t specifically said otherwise yet, but with this ruling, a border wall looms closer than ever. Expect Democrat tantrums to proceed in kind.