The House of Representatives sent a stinging rebuke, voting to terminate Trump's fake national emergency declaration.
Despite Republican opposition, the House of Representatives passed a resolution Tuesday night terminating Trump's fake national emergency declaration. The resolution passed by a vote of 245-182, with every single no vote coming from Republicans.
The resolution was necessary because of Trump's reckless power grab after Democrats refused to allocate $5.7 billion to build a border wall Trump promised Mexico would pay for. After signing a funding bill without his requested funds, a petulant Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border.
Dozens of national security experts pointed out Trump's blatant lies, saying there is no national security crisis at the border. Even former Republican members of Congress pleaded with current Republican members to side with the Democrats, arguing that Trump was trampling all over the separation of powers laid forth in the Constitution.
With this vote, Congress is doing nothing more than reaffirming and upholding the Constitution, which gives Congress — not the president — the duty to allocate funding priorities.
But 182 Republicans opted to disregard their oath to uphold the Constitution, choosing party over country. Republican opposition is the height of hypocrisy, as even Republicans themselves admit.
"I'll be real honest, if Obama had done this Republicans would be going nuts," Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) said. "That's just the reality," he added.
The resolution now moves on to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must schedule a vote in the coming weeks, putting all senators on the record as to where they stand. The White House is already seeing several Republican senators defect, causing Trump to freak out. In a desperate move, Trump tweeted out a demand that Republicans show their loyalty to him no matter what, even if it means breaking their oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
In the coming weeks, we will learn who is loyal to the Constitution, and who chooses to swear fealty to Trump.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.