Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) will be joining Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to oppose Trump’s emergency measures declaration to fund a wall at the US southern border – a move that has inspired a great deal of anger among his Republican base.
“We tried to cut a deal, the president didn’t appear interested,” Lee said to The Hill on Wednesday.
“I’ll be voting ‘yes,'” Lee said of the resolution spearheaded by Democrats to halt Trump’s emergency measures.
Lee, who claims to be a constitutionalist despite working to codify gay marriage into law, attempted to strike a deal with Trump. Lee felt that Trump should support his “Assuring that Robust, Thorough, and Informed Congressional Leadership is Exercised Over National Emergencies Act” to limit national emergencies declared by the President to 30 days unless Congress approved lengthening them. Lee is concerned with emergency powers being abused in the future.
“If Congress is troubled by recent emergency declarations made pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, they only have themselves to blame,” Lee said in a press release. “If we don’t want our president acting like a king we need to start taking back the legislative powers that allow him to do so.”
Lee felt that his ARTICLE ONE Act was an acceptable compromise, but President Trump disagreed. Despite its 14 Republican co-sponsors, Trump was apparently not willing to support the legislation prompting Lee to pledge his support for the resolution against Trump’s emergency measures. In this highly-polarized political atmosphere, Lee’s posturing against Trump is creating a great deal of backlash.
The comments on Glenn Beck’s Facebook page, usually a friendly area for Never Trump conservatives considering the radio host’s history of bluster against the President, show the level of anger building toward Sen. Lee:
“Who are you to give the president of the united States of America an ultimatum?????” asked commenter Annette Hogan.
“It’s called blackmail and the President was right to refuse,” Ronald K. Smith said, echoing a sentiment widely shared by critics of Lee’s negotiating tactics with the President.
“This is really sad because I used to like Mike Lee. Thought he was one of the good guys, but not anymore,” Karla Beason added.
Lee, who was once a ‘Never Trumper’ in the lead-up to the 2016 Presidential race, joins his colleague Sen. Paul in opposing the President’s emergency measures on constitutional grounds. The men both frequently criticized former President Barack Hussein Obama’s executive orders while he was in office.
“We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing,” Paul said.
While their reasons for opposing emergency measures may be principled, their action is impeding border security measures desperately sought by conservatives.
The optics of opposing emergency measures during an actual emergency, rather than something promulgated by the mainstream media and deep state, are as bad as it gets.
If Lee and Paul aren’t careful, they may not have a post in the Senate to preach constitution fidelity much longer.
LOL: Ignorant Blue Checks on Twitter Get Confused After President Trump’s Remark That ‘Coyotes’ are Smuggling Children Across the Border
These people know nothing that is true.
After President Donald Trump remarked that “coyotes” are smuggling children across the U.S. southern border in yesterday’s presidential debate, verified liberals on Twitter demonstrated their extreme ignorance when it comes to the immigration issue.
Some of the low lights from these clueless Democrats can be seen here:
Tonight on blue checkmark twitter, they don’t know what coyotes are.
(This isn’t even half of all I found 🥴) pic.twitter.com/Jsh57jSBb1
— Sophia Narwitz (@SophNar0747) October 23, 2020
Alleged high school shooting victim and gun control spokesman David Hogg showed his lack of basic intelligence on the issue as well:
Imagine calling the immigrant parents that bring their children to the United States for a better life “Coyotes”
The level of xenophobia is sickening.
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) October 23, 2020
The incredible ignorance from the Left on the true nature of illegal immigration has resulted in their support for some of the most ghastly and inhumane policies imaginable.
Big League Politics reported on how CBS News painted human traffickers in a positive light because they were flooding the border as part of a planned and well-financed migrant caravan last year:
The Darién Gap, a undeveloped jungle swampland connecting North and South America at the border of Panama and Colombia, is said to be one of the most dangerous places in the Americas. It’s largely overrun by human smugglers, paramilitary organizations, and drug traffickers, and the U.S State Department advises Americans not to travel to the region.
The region’s criminal reputation didn’t stop CBS News from running a sympathetic profile of some of the human smugglers operating in the area on Saturday. CBS’s portrayal of a ‘coyote’ named Emerson Gonzalez Jimenez was unquestioning of his claims that he was offering a generous service to the migrants who sought passage through the Darien Gap to Panama, usually on the way to the United States.
Colombians, Venezuelans, Haitians and even individuals from Asia or Africa commonly hire the services of the smugglers to navigate through the dangerous region. It’s not uncommon for migrants to die during the often-perilous journey, as the Gap poses a threat on account of its wild nature and the criminals known to operate within it.
A Marxist terrorist organization known as FARC, the Spanish-language synonym for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, has extensively operated in the area. FARC has trafficked and sold a great deal of cocaine destined for the United States, in addition to waging a violent insurgency against the government of Colombia.
The crossing of often helpless and penniless migrants through the Darién Gap poses a humanitarian concern. Migrants are largely powerless at the hands of the coyotes guiding them, and can be easily exploited. Female migrants are often raped or forced into prostitution by smugglers.
Closing the borders would not only keep Americans safe, but it would also stop human trafficking networks from smuggling exploited children across the border.
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