To prove that there's a border emergency, President Trump must stop eating omelets! Ridiculous, you might say. And yet, on this morning's New Day, CNN's John Avlon, Alisyn Camerota and Jeff Toobin mocked President Trump for eating an omelet, somehow suggesting it debunks the existence of an emergency.
After displaying a photo of Trump at a Mar-a-Lago omelet bar, the trio engaged in this banter:
JOHN AVLON: While 'emergency' is not defined in this statute, the dictionary definition of emergency certainly doesn't fit this. And this weekend, he's at Mar-a-Lago at the omelet bar, also not exactly communicating urgency.
CAMEROTA: Nothing says rapid and fast like an omelet bar.
JEFFREY TOOBIN: They cook fast.
AVLON: Presumably for the President.
Note: As president, Barack Obama declared 13 national emergencies. Did he stop eating during them? For that matter, 11 of his emergency declarations remain in force. That would make for a long hunger strike!
Note two: Perhaps CNN could publish guidelines for food items President Trump is prohibited from eating during an emergency. We know that omelets are out. Fast food would, by definition, presumably be okay. How about ordering a Domino's delivery? America needs to know!
BONUS COVERAGE: Toobin predicts Trump will win legal challenge to emergency declaration
Taking off his chef's toque and putting on his legal analyst's hat, Toobin surprisingly predicted that Trump would win a legal challenge to his emergency declaration.
TOOBIN: There will certainly be some judges who say, look: it is the executive branch's decision how to define an emergency. They will certainly come with arguments that say this is an emergency. And some judges will say, we just are not going to second-guess the executive branch in this area. Whether that's five Supreme Court justices, I don't know. My guess is it probably is. I think we are now in a moment, a conservative moment in our courts, where there is a lot of deference to the executive branch. So I think, you know, it's -- this is not a slam dunk for either side, this legal case. But if I had to guess, I would say the President is ultimately going to win.