Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) blasted Democrats for accepting national emergencies under the Obama administration regarding immigration, but now seeking to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency.
Appearing on Fox News on Friday, the Republican senator took aim at his Democratic colleagues for their border security “hypocrisy.”
Led by Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Democrats introduced a resolution to block the president’s national emergency on border security, gaining about 226 lawmakers tp sponsor it, as IJR News reported.
Discussing the resolution, Graham said he would “absolutely not” vote in favor of the national emergency blocking resolution, adding there will be a “handful” of Republicans voting in support but “there won’t be enough to sustain a veto.”
He went on to blast Democrats for voting previously on physical barriers but as soon as Trump became president, “he gets a dollar.”
“This hypocrisy is pretty stunning and I hope Republicans will not reward this, quite frankly,” Graham added.
“Nobody suggested this was a manufactured crisis on Obama’s watch. So what’s changed? They just hate Trump.”
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As IJR Red noted, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) became the first Republican in the House to part with his GOP colleagues by cosponsoring the resolution to block the president’s national emergency due to the fact he doesn’t believe the current situation qualifies an emergency.
If Graham is correct that there will be a “handful” of Republicans voting in favor of the resolution, then Amash won’t be the only Republican from the House voting for it.
“President Trump’s emergency declaration proclamation undermines the separation of powers and Congress’s power of the purse, a power exclusively reserved by the text of the Constitution to the first branch of government, the Legislative branch, a branch co-equal to the Executive,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wrote in a statement on Thursday urging colleagues to support it:
“All Members take an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. The President’s decision to go outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process violates the Constitution and must be terminated. We have a solemn responsibility to uphold the Constitution, and defend our system of checks and balances against the President’s assault.”
Pelosi is looking to have a full House vote on the resolution as soon as Tuesday.