Thursday’s shameful exhibition by “Judas Republicans” voting in support of a Democratic resolution and against America’s national security interests illustrates once again how anti-Trump RINO’s within the Republican Party continually undermine the President.
The twelve Senate Republicans have continually given lip-service regarding border security, even pretending to agree with the President about the need for some type of barrier to protect America’s sovereignty.
However, when it finally came to standing up in support of the President’s National Emergency declaration, they folded like the phonies they are — using absurd excuses to justify their actions. Rand Paul several days before he was to vote said: “I can’t vote to give extra-constitutional powers to the President.”
What extra “constitutional powers?”
Congress passed the National Emergencies Act of 1976, which allows the President to declare a national emergency and re-appropriate money to further a national security interest, such as securing the southern border.
Lisa Murkowski who continually votes against the President said, “As a conservative, I cannot endorse a precedent that I know future left-wing presidents will exploit to advance radical policies that will erode economic and individual freedoms.”
What precedent? By definition “a precedent is something that sets a standard for future events.”
To date according to the Brennan Center, there have been 58 national emergencies called by presidents since 1979. Thirty-one of those national emergencies are still in effect. Some of which had re-appropriated funds.
President Jimmy Carter declared two national emergencies, President Reagan declared six; H.W. Bush declared five, Bill Clinton seventeen, George W. Bush thirteen and Obama twelve.
So why the double standard when it comes to President Trump exercising his constitutional authority given to him by the same legislative body that now wants to rebuke his authority?
Although most Senate Republicans stood with the President affirming both his constitutional authority and his initiative to secure America’s southern border through a national emergency declaration, those twelve decided to walk across the aisle and join Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who had voted for funding the wall in the past, however now declaring there’s no national emergency.
The obvious hate directed towards Trump by Democrats is expected, however from Republicans it’s unconscionable.
“Remarkably” the issue of declaring a national emergency by the executive branch never seemed to be an issue, even for Republicans when former President Barack Obama at the time used executive overreach concerning his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal alien amnesty.
Despite the deflection by the “dirty dozen” several attorneys general, including Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, Indiana attorney general Curtis Hill, and Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry, all agree that President Trump as the legal, constitutional authority to declare a national emergency to build the wall.
Constitutional lawyer and Senator Josh Hawley, voted in favor of the President’s national emergency declaration, posting within his tweet, “On the emergency declaration for the border, I’m with President @realDonaldTrump… He has the legal authority from Congress to declare this emergency and there should be no doubt the crisis at the border is an emergency situation.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 7, 2019
Another supporter of the President, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, affirmed Trump’s national emergency authority in a statement on Thursday.
“There is a humanitarian crisis at our southern border that demands attention and action. Iowans have been clear on their desire for a strong, secure border and to curb human trafficking and the flow of drugs into our state.”
Perhaps the most disingenuous remark, considering how he voted came from Sen. Paul in a press release Thursday, “I stand with President Trump on the need for a border wall and stronger border security, but the Constitution clearly states that money cannot be spent unless Congress has passed a law to do so.” Paul clearly wants it both ways, perhaps considering his reelection chances.
Here is the list of the now infamous “DIRTY DOZEN RINO’s.”
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Roy Blunt (R-MO) voted in favor of eliminating Trump’s national emergency, which would make it harder to secure America’s southern border.