Conservative columnist lists all the times the GOP could have funded Trump’s wall — and failed
President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have been arguing that the situation at the southern U.S. border is such a crisis that it requires Democrats to vote in favor of the president’s proposed border wall.
However, conservative columnist Noah Rothman points out that the president and the GOP had a full two years to get the wall funded if it was such a dire national emergency — and every time the opportunity came up, they failed to do so.
In fact, Rothman has also found that many Republican lawmakers over the past two years have actually downplayed or even disparaged the proposed border wall as an effective strategy for border security.
“The border wall is probably not a smart investment,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said in early 2017, in a comment flagged by Rothman.
“I don’t think we’re just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it and through it,” said Sen. John Coryn (R-TX) just one month earlier.
Additionally, Rothman documents all the times that Republican lawmakers have openly admitted to punting on funding the wall, including this past September when the Washington Post reported that “Republican leaders are more focused on urging Trump to delay a fight for the wall than on fighting for it themselves.”
Read the whole thread below.
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5/2/2017: “Last month, The Wall Street Journal canvassed Democrat and Republican lawmakers from Southwest border states and found that none of them supported the president’s funding request to start wall construction.” https://t.co/gaHKi9WnKC# p #11_25 # ad skipped = true #
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9/2/2017: “McCarthy: Republicans will punt wall fight to December” https://t.co/n7LzmM5AzQ# p #14_25 # ad skipped = true #
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1/22/2018: “The wall is ‘one of the three legs of this three-legged stool,’ said Rep. Mark Meadows… ‘I'm glad to hear that there is some movement there, but there's a couple of other legs of that stool that have to be put forth.’” https://t.co/GLbCg4J6th# p #17_25 # ad skipped = true #
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6/21/2018: “The House rejected a hard-line immigration bill on Thursday and Republican leaders delayed a vote on a compromise measure…” https://t.co/qw7U82uQdr# p #20_25 # ad skipped = true #
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The problem was never Democratic recalcitrance but Republican disunity over not just the $ ask but the essential utility of the wall. Republicans were right to maintain that skepticism, but they can't posture united now that Democrats in the majority provide them with cover.# p #23_25 # ad skipped = true #
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