Lindsey Graham desperately tries to spin the House's overwhelming rebuke of Trump into a win

Lindsey Graham desperately tries to spin the House's overwhelming rebuke of Trump into a win
Lindsay Graham/Screengrab
Lindsay Graham/Screengrab
The Right Wing

On Tuesday, the House voted 245 to 182 to pass a resolution of disapproval under the National Emergencies Act, blocking President Donald Trump from declaring an emergency to construct a wall at the southern border.


13 Republicans, including many who support a border wall, joined Democrats to oppose Trump's end-run around Congress. These included both moderate Republicans in swingier, more Trump-hostile districts, like Reps. Will Hurd (R-TX) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and staunch libertarians presumably worried about the long-term precedent it would set, like Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Justin Amash (R-MI).

But to hear it from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), this was actually a huge victory for Trump:

It is true that enough Republicans did not defect in the House to prevent Trump from vetoing the resolution if it reaches his desk. But given the GOP spent the first two years of Trump's presidency voting in lockstep, this still represents a noticeable drop-off in support.

And there are signs the same might happen in the Senate, which is required to take up the resolution. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have all said they intend to vote for the Democrats' resolution, and many others have expressed misgivings about Trump's emergency declaration, both because it usurps congressional authority and because it diverts money from military programs.

NBC's Chuck Todd criticized Graham for his pandering:

Whatever Graham might say, if Pelosi is able to fracture the GOP caucus and put Trump at odds with members of his own party, it will damage him.

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