Rand Paul’s Big Move 💪🏼

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

It’s the Senate’s turn

Now that the House passed a resolution overturning President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border, it’s time for the Senate to vote. Recent statements from four Senate Republicans (Rand Paul-KY, Susan Collins-MA, Lisa Murkowski-AK, and Thom Tillis-NC) have shown that the upper chamber may overturn Trump as well - setting him up for the first veto of his presidency.

“It’s a dangerous thing”

Rand Paul appears to be the Republican who will give the Democrats the slight majority that they need. On Saturday, at the Southern Kentucky Lincoln Day Dinner, Paul stated, “I can’t vote to give extra-Constitutional powers to the president.” He continued by noting that even though Republicans want more border security funding, it doesn’t mean they should ignore checks and balances.


LEANING LEFT:

CNN: Rand Paul’s vote likely gives Senate enough to oppose national emergency declaration

Vox: Senate Democrats have enough Republican support to terminate Trump’s national emergency

The left’s coverage of Paul’s statements portrays the issue as a huge blow to Trump. They argue that despite the probable veto, a Senate vote against the president’s national emergency declaration would prove that even Republicans are pushing back on his decisions. This side also mentions Trump’s comment that Republicans who vote against him “put themselves in great jeopardy.”

LEANING RIGHT:

Daily Caller: Rand Paul will vote against Trump’s national emergency declaration

Fox News: Rand Paul reportedly to vote against Trump declaring national emergency at the border

The right also acknowledges the severity of Paul’s comments and what this vote would signal in regards to Trump’s Republican support. However, in light of the argument that Trump’s national emergency declaration will set an unjust precedent for future presidents, the right highlights Elizabeth Warren’s list of issues that she would consider declaring a national emergency for, if elected in 2020.


A Constitutional issue

Although the left and right frame this story as Republicans either opposing or supporting the president, it seems to be turning into a larger debate about checks and balances and the separation of powers. Paul Rand’s comments prove that this issue goes all the way back to the Constitutional principles that the founding fathers originally outlined.

Rand Paul right now

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