GOP handing Dems a political victory against Trump’s border security efforts with vote against emergency declaration

By Jon Dougherty

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that thanks to the ‘defection’ of Kentucky colleague Sen. Rand Paul, enough Republicans would join all Democrats in voting down POTUS Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border last month.

That said, McConnell added that he expects the president to veto the rejection, which is in the form of legislation, of course, and that Congress won’t have the two-thirds majority in both chambers to override it.

“I think what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then in all likelihood the veto will be upheld in the House,” McConnell said while speaking to reporters in Kentucky.

Paul’s objection is probably the most ‘constitutional’ of the three other Republicans who have announced they would oppose it: Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Susan Collins of Maine; and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, who have said they oppose the action because they’re afraid of the ‘precedent it might set’ if a Democrat wins the Oval Office at some point in the future.

Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), have yet to say how they will vote, but they have also expressed ‘concerns.’

Paul, meanwhile, said he objects on the grounds that the president would be spending money for border walls and other physical barriers that Congress didn’t appropriate — though technically speaking, that’s not correct, either.

Congress has appropriated money POTUS will use to fund border security projects. Money the president’s team has identified for use has been appropriated to various agencies like the Defense Department, just not for anything specific — all of which means the president can earmark it for anything he likes. So Paul’s objection is window dressing, at best.

And it’s pointless because, as McConnell said, POTUS Trump is going to win this battle anyway. So all Paul and the three RINOs are doing is handing Democrats a political victory which they will use to maximum effect as the 2020 election cycle begins. Think of this Democratic presidential ad: “Even the president’s own party disagreed with him on the existence of a border emergency,” yada, yada.

Granted, the president’s supporters aren’t going to be swayed by any Democrat message about border security because the Donkey Party has proven they’re not interested in anything except amnesty for future voters and open borders.

But there are definitely “fence-sitters” among the electorate who could be persuaded by a disingenuous Democratic ad like this, and that’ll be thanks to some of the same Republicans who are whiffing on the president and border security now after doing so time and again when the GOP held the majority in Congress for Trump’s first two years.

Paul is at least consistent. As a libertarian-leaning Republican, he’s always been about constitutional process, federalism, and small government. The other three are just Washington establishment products who, like their Democratic colleagues, are #NeverTrumpers.

The difference is the Democrat Party is playing for keeps — on this issue and every other one as well — while the GOP continues to believe beyond any reason that all is well, there is no threat to the survival of our republic, and, worse, if there really is, it’s Trump, not Democratic ‘socialists’ and Marxists, who pose it.

They couldn’t be more wrong, as at least some conservatives are aware.


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Slick Sporty Spandex Jacket

RINO RATS gonna RINO. Did anyone really believe that chamber of commerce repubs would upset the immigration gray train. I almost feel sorry for anyone who did.


I think it’s wonderful that the corrupt and the faithless of all parties are and will continue to be exposed to anyone who cares. There are plenty of incumbents who need to find another job.

donald gudgell
donald gudgell

remember those republicans in 2020, 2022, and 2024. Some think they are safe because they just got re-elected and they aren’t up for reelection until 2024. Don’t forget their betrayal of the American people. Each one should get a primary opponent and we should elect the republicans/conservatives that run against them.


We will remember who the RINOs are in the next elections who voted against PRESIDENT Trump on this.


First of all, there is no democrat party. Has not been for some time, they have all gone to the dark side of socialism. That is what the GOP does not seem to understand or they are complicit in the destruction of our republic. I hope it is not the latter, i fear it may be. In which case we have a hell of a fight on our hands in the near future when the socialists come for us. Rand Paul, the socialists don’t care about your principles, all they are after is the power over us all. Including you… Read more »

Theo Patriot

Rand Paul does this crap every few years and grandstands. He is like McCain only dumber. McCain only wanted attention while Paul wants to have people think he is smart. He is so damn lame. I wish he, Snow-flake, Tillis, Merkosky, and Collins would just go ahead and put a D in front of their names and get it over with.

James Carpenter
James Carpenter

There are victories, And then there are victories, some of them pyhric

Rand Paul is “doing his thing”, we get it. OK. And the RINOs, Uniparty, Dems are doing theirs.
Increasing numbers are seeing the play for what it is. The GOP isn’t “handing” the Dems a damn thing.


Dems and RINOs are subversive dolts, fighting hard to keep the anti-America Communist Deep State shadow government in power, because they are all compromised and must continue to hide their crimes from the public. They know Trump is working to expose them, and they want him gone. He will not be gone. He will finish the border wall, and he will be re-elected in 2020. Thank you, Mr. President, for standing up TO the Dems and RINOs and standing up FOR the American people. MAGA!


Asian for Asians, African for Africans, White place for Everybody? Why is open borders a White ‘Privilege’? Why is ‘diversity’, mass immigration imposed on White peoples only? Is it because of slavery? Colonialism? None of those things, or anything else are unique to White peoples. Nor have they been exempt from these evils. In some cases, Whites uniquely sacrificed themselves to end these practiced, and some are still practiced by non Whites today. See: Turkey, Mongolia, North Africa, the Slavs, the Irish, modern day slavery in Africa … What does this all mean? It means that anti racist is Code… Read more »

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