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, 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019
Legal experts and other Twitter users, however, said Trump was dead wrong.
So the Constitution doesn’t matter? The Supreme Court disagrees.
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 11, 2019
So does the oath that he and all the US Senators took.
— Brent Wilcox (@BrentWilcox) March 11, 2019
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."ADVERTISEMENT
— Moltted Duck (@molttedduck) March 11, 2019
So the Constitution only matters 80% of the time???
— Winttocs (@Winttocs) March 11, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
If the president can do this, he can do anything as long as he holds 33+ senate seats
— Ye Olde Barf (@RavagerMog) March 11, 2019
The Supreme Court disagrees until, Mr. bought and paid for, Kavanaugh votes to support tRump and disregards the constitution.
— shawnoconnor (@aubribella833) March 11, 2019
narrator's voice: "it's about constitutionality and precedent"ADVERTISEMENT
two words, by the way, which our president can't spell. so he should probably tip the flunky who tweeted this for him an extra $20 this week
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 11, 2019
Yeah ignore the Constitution and do what this big wet guy whose brain doesn’t work saysADVERTISEMENT
— Ed Burmila (@gin_and_tacos) March 11, 2019
Block must be cracking, or there would be no need for this Tweet.
Nice, very nice.ADVERTISEMENT
— Fred Harding (@OPCGhost) March 11, 2019
Constitution and precedent are pretty damn important
— border collie mom (@dlk245) March 11, 2019ADVERTISEMENT
BULLSHIT. There is NO national emergency. Just a FAKE crisis created by a humiliated FAKE president who’s desperate to fulfill a moronic, reprehensible, racist campaign promise… #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 11, 2019
It has everything to do with Constitutionality.
That is the point of the vote.
— James DeSarno (@j_desarno) March 11, 2019
They already voted about the wall. So, yes this vote is about the constitution and precedent
— Lia (@Leighanan_Sidhe) March 11, 2019
Wrong. It's always about constitutionality.
— Elnathan Abraham (@ElnathanAbraham) March 11, 2019