President Donald Trump suggested Monday that the U.S. Constitution mattered less than funding his proposed border wall -- and he was quickly met with outrage and derision.
The president cautioned Republican senators to vote against a resolution that would terminate the national emergency declaration he issued last month to fund the wall, after Congress refused to do it.
"Republican Senators have a very easy vote this week," Trump tweeted. "It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drugs etc.), not Constitutionality and Precedent. It is an 80% positive issue. The Dems are 100% United, as usual, on a 20% issue, Open Borders and Crime. Get tough R’s!"
Republican Senators have a very easy vote this week. It is about Border Security and the Wall (stopping Crime, Drug… https://t.co/gl5pVUsTqd— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1552318070.0
Legal experts and other Twitter users, however, said Trump was dead wrong.
@realDonaldTrump So the Constitution doesn’t matter? The Supreme Court disagrees.— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1552318144.0
@renato_mariotti @realDonaldTrump So does the oath that he and all the US Senators took.— Brent Wilcox (@Brent Wilcox) 1552320453.0
@renato_mariotti @realDonaldTrump So the Constitution only matters 80% of the time???— Winttocs (@Winttocs) 1552318754.0
@renato_mariotti @realDonaldTrump The Supreme Court disagrees until, Mr. bought and paid for, Kavanaugh votes to su… https://t.co/XICh8Wxn0f— shawnoconnor (@shawnoconnor) 1552319489.0
@realDonaldTrump narrator's voice: "it's about constitutionality and precedent" two words, by the way, which our… https://t.co/iT7wJ3v1OD— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1552318336.0
@realDonaldTrump Yeah ignore the Constitution and do what this big wet guy whose brain doesn’t work says— Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast) (@Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast)) 1552319134.0
@realDonaldTrump Block must be cracking, or there would be no need for this Tweet. Nice, very nice.— Fred Harding (@Fred Harding) 1552320275.0
@realDonaldTrump Constitution and precedent are pretty damn important— border collie mom (@border collie mom) 1552319484.0
@realDonaldTrump BULLSHIT. There is NO national emergency. Just a FAKE crisis created by a humiliated FAKE presiden… https://t.co/D4pp9i7zoE— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy) 1552319131.0
@realDonaldTrump It has everything to do with Constitutionality. That is the point of the vote.— James DeSarno (@James DeSarno) 1552319685.0