Arizona senator reveals her price to protect Trump's fake emergency
Top Republicans are racing to lock down the Senate votes needed to defeat the resolution against Donald Trump’s border wall national emergency after it passed the House on Tuesday. Arizona Sen. Martha McSally is among the Republicans who’ve been identified as undecided—but it’s looking like that might be a negotiating ploy.
McSally tweeted Tuesday evening that she had been talking with Mike Pence as he tries to round up votes, and “I am seeking assurances that the money will not come from Arizona military construction projects.” In the past, senators maintained support at home by getting pork—now it’s all about protecting their states from arbitrary and capricious cuts to serve a racist whim.
McSally continued: “We can & must secure our border while ensuring our armed forces have the resources and facilities they need.” In Arizona, anyway. Screw all those other states that will get cut a little more because Arizona’s military construction funding is protected in exchange for her vote. But it’s not hard to read McSally here. She’s an appointed senator who lost an election last November, her appointed term is up in 2020, and she’s caught between her party’s base and the general unpopularity of Trump’s fake emergency. So she’s going with the “just here to take care of my state” framing, even though she could also protect Arizona’s military construction projects by, you know, voting to protect every state’s military construction projects by blocking the national emergency declaration.
Give her points for this: “Screw you, I’ve got mine” is classic Republican move.