Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shared his prediction over a House-led effort to block President Trump’s border wall national emergency declaration, saying it will be “deader than dead” after Trump rejects the bill.
“IT’LL PASS THE HOUSE, WITH A HANDFUL OF REPUBLICAN VOTES,” SAID GRAHAM “IT’LL COME TO THE SENATE, IT MIGHT GET 51 [VOTES]. IT’LL GET VETOED BY THE PRESIDENT, AND REPUBLICANS WILL STAND WITH THE PRESIDENT TO SUSTAIN HIS VETO, AND IT WILL BE DEADER THAN DEAD.”
Graham feels that republicans may break ranks over fears that allowing the emergency declaration to go forward will lead to potential future democratic administrations using similar declarations, and are unwilling to cede that much power to the administrative branch. Graham, however, doesn’t see that as a real issue.
The president has already said that he will reject such a resolution.
“Will I veto? One-hundred percent,” and I don’t think it survives a veto,” said Trump in the Oval Office.
President Trump declared a national emergency even after signing the spending bill that reopened the government after a disastrous 37-day government shutdown. That bill allowed for $1.375 billion for border security, far less than the $5.5 billion he was aiming for to just start his southern border wall.
Trump has claimed that such a wall is necessary since his election campaign, famously claiming initially that Mexico would pat for construction. He has since decided to look for his funding domestically. His national emergency declaration would hit funds already earmarked for U.S. Military construction projects.
Polls have shown that support for President Trump’s national emergency declaration remains low, with an NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll showing a 61-36 split against the declaration. Pulls from Morning Consult/Politico poll and HuffPost/YouGov has shown a similar lack of overall support.
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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out
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1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?
This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.
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Who are the young people behind the Catalonia protest violence?
The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists, some of whom became radicalised only recently.
"I am 24, have a masters and a job and I never imagined myself setting fire to a barricade with my face masked," said one protester who gave her name only as Aida.
She has joined in protests every day since they erupted in the region after Spain's Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in jail for sedition over a failed 2017 independence bid.
Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo
Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.
Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.
"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."