Political analysts Ron Brownstein and Max Boot explained in a panel discussion that Trump is forcing the House and Senate into an awkward position with his national emergency declaration.
Brownstein noted in particular that President Donald Trump is pushing the Republican Party so far outside of what is acceptable to younger Americans that it will impact the GOP for generations.
Boot noted that Republicans railed against former President Barack Obama for taking executive authority by passing executive orders that were challenged in court. In some cases, those orders were upheld, and in others, they were not. Obama was forced to pass such orders because the GOP-led House and Senate refused to allow any legislation or judicial nominations to move forward while he was in office.
“Now if Republicans turn around and allow this unprecedented use of the emergency power to do an end-run around Congress’ Article I duty to appropriate funds, that will be a major blow to our republic,” Boot said. “That would be an undermining of the Constitution. It will really be establishing the Republican Party as an authoritarian party that’s not willing to uphold our democratic norms and the Constitution itself, that they’re willing to do whatever President Trump wants.”
He noted that he knows many Republicans who understand the dangers here, but they’re unwilling to step up and vote against Trump, particularly with two years left in his term.
Brownstein agreed, saying that there is a high likelihood that Republicans in the House and Senate will support Trump on the national emergency.
“And that will just continue the extent to which he is refashioning this party,” Brownstein continued. “Not only in an authoritarian direction, as Max just said, but also in a kind of nativist and insular direction.”
In 2016, Brownstein said that very few Republicans were supporting Trump’s border wall. Today, those GOP members are few and far between.
“You see how he’s kind of wallowing in the party into defining itself as kind of an institution that’s systemically hostile not only to immigration but to the broader level of demographic change in the country with consequences that I think will compound through the decade as the Millennial Generation and the more diverse post-Millennial Generations move into the electorate,” he continued.
Polling surveys of young Americans show opinions turning against the GOP, but worse, opinions of the party are being driven into the ground.
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