The votes are in, and 12 Republicans turned on Trump, siding with Democrats to block the President’s national emergency declaration he’s using to attempt to force the country to use its resources to build a border wall that nobody wants. The final count was 59-41, still shy of being enough to override Trump’s inevitable veto, but an “embarrassment” to Trump and a signal that his support among Republicans is starting to show serious cracks.
Plus, there’s the added benefit of the defectors causing a bunch of infighting among Republicans as those who remain loyal to Trump attack those putting the U.S. Constitution over bowing to the guy who uses it as a toilet paper. Figuratively.
Shame on Mitt Romney— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) March 14, 2019
Shame on Rand Paul
Shame on Susan Collins
Shame on Lisa Murkowski
Shame on Mike Lee
Shame on Marco Rubio
REPUBLICANS: Remember these names. They turned on our @POTUS and against a SAFE America: Roy Blunt, Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey & Roger Wicker #traitors #BuildTheWall— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) March 14, 2019
None of the Repubs who voted against Trump could beat him in their home state primaries were they to run in 2020. https://t.co/udl47BK6n7— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) March 14, 2019
Hopefully, all of those Republicans will take that as a challenge, Laura.
The Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump’s national emergency include the usual center-leaning Senators like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, plus some big names like Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul. The Democrats were almost joined by two more Republicans, but they ended up flip-flopping at the last minute, probably because they were afraid of the backlash from their own parties.
Several prominent conservative activists and donors privately tell me they were ready to start drafting primary challengers to Tillis if he held firm, with an eye on Mark Meadows or Mark Walker https://t.co/amOOthiqf0— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 14, 2019
Even though Sasse thinks the resolution was constitutionally correct, he voted against it for "political reasons"?— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) March 14, 2019
Sounds like you're a partisan hack @BenSasse
Maybe 2019 Ben Sasse should read 2018 Sasse's book "Them" on the anecdote for partisanship.
This ain't it, Ben. https://t.co/jqI0u0opC5
Your fellow Republicans aren’t the only ones who can primary you, guys.
Even without Sasse and Tillis, Democrats brought more Republican votes over to their side today than was expected, and the President himself is having a very bad day over it.
I look forward to VETOING the just passed Democrat inspired Resolution which would OPEN BORDERS while increasing Crime, Drugs, and Trafficking in our Country. I thank all of the Strong Republicans who voted to support Border Security and our desperately needed WALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2019
Careful, Donnie. Democrats only need eight more votes in the Senate to override your veto. And you know what a bit of negotiating can do, right?
You can tell that Trump supporters are super nervous over this by how loudly they’re yelling about it.
Why won't Mitt Romney and the other few Republicans that are flipping their votes on the border, that every time they do these things it just hurts them and the party and they don't become more popular this way.— Marc ellford (@EllfordMarc) March 14, 2019
No. No one respects you more now!#BuildTheWall #NationalEmergency
Shame on you marco rubio, me and my family voted for you.— Rampers (@1Arturo4u) March 14, 2019
Will never happen again.
You should have known better.
You voted to support the leftist socialist democrats.
Rand Paul was warmed if he did this he doesn’t need to run for re-election. He will lose big time. Hundreds in Kentucky are already working against him being re-elected— brenda kinman (@BrendaK8881) March 14, 2019
@ Roger Wicker I'm so angry with you over your vote against our POTUS on the emergency bill for border security. I voted for you the last election but that won't happen again. He seems to have to go it alone on just about everything he asks for. It's sad! You're sad!— Lindra Broomhall (@LindraBroomhall) March 14, 2019
NEVER FORGET: 12 POS Republicans Just Sided With Dems And Betrayed— Thomas E Martin III (@tm3phd) March 14, 2019
Trump - Vote the POS out ASAP::
Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, Susan Collins, Mike Lee,,Jerry Moran,Lisa ,Rand Paul Rob PortmanMitt Romney
Marco Rubio,Pat Toomey, Roger Wickerhttps://t.co/Px3QSHwTQa via @ILMForg
Americans wondered why nothing was done to secure our border in Senate & House while Reps in majority for 2 years, these #OpenBorders maggots > @SenAlexander @RandPaul @SenMikeLee @lisamurkowski @SenatorCollins @JerryMoran @PatToomey @robportman @marcorubio @RoyBlunt @RogerWicker— 🔹Daniel Courtney🔹 (@BanzaiDanielsan) March 14, 2019
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) has again shown that he is a political lowlife and part of the Washington swamp! I will never vote for this scumbag again! Make America Great Again and vote against Sen. Toomey as he just voted against us Americans and President Trump!💔🇺🇸💔🇺🇸— Carol Wanyo (@carolwanyo) March 14, 2019
So, HERE ARE THE PATHETIC, WEAK, UNTRUSTED LOOSERS THAT WOULD NOT STICK BY THEIR CAPTAIN TRUMP: Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri,Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, pic.twitter.com/Gx9afWGbDJ— Jeff (@Jeff58089848) March 14, 2019
Who need republicans like you! Our enemies, the democrats don't fight fair, get your thumb out of your ass. pic.twitter.com/y3enrSRgav— Daryl L. Hunter (@DarylLHunter) March 14, 2019
Hey Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Johnny Isakson, Cory Gardner, Lamar Alexander, and Mitt Romney-— Dingfod54 (@tazmolean) March 14, 2019
YOU ARE WRONG AND WE WILL REMEMBER!!
BUILD THE WALL!!!
Lisa murkowski stop being a rhino!!! Along with Susan Collins!!!!!!— Mike Prez (@PrezMikeprez) March 14, 2019
@robportman Disappointed in you on your decision to block the Presidents boarder wall. I'm sure you went with your conscious . My best friends son was killed by drugs. I will keep this in mind when election time comes around. I wish you a good day.— shirley cloyd (@shirleycloyd) March 14, 2019
Mitch McConnell, Shame on you and RHINOS. Support OUR PRESIDENT. Is Soros paying you all? Susan Collins, Mike Lee, Tom Tillis, Lisa Murkowski, Rand Paul. They are not deep thinkers and they are trying to kill the American people and OUR President. R U listening to Paul Ryan? pic.twitter.com/kiWENJdUYk— Sandra Nuckles (@S4Jesus) March 13, 2019
These disgusting miserable twit has again failed to represent the will of those who elected him along with Mitt Romney and Rand Paul.— @stillridingstudios (@vfr750) March 14, 2019
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.
Isn't it odd how the Republican Senators who are always in front of the cameras "standing on principle," like Mike Lee and Rand Paul, are always the first to help Democrats win?— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) March 14, 2019
It’s almost like Democrats are a party of principles and Republicans are not!