One Final Betrayal: U.S. Senate Overrides President Trump’s Veto of the National Defense Authorization Act

On January 1, 2021, the U.S. Senate betrayed President Donald Trump by overriding his veto of the National Defense Authorization Act. This $740 billion defense policy bill has been the subject of much debate due to Trump’s disapproval of a provision that would rename bases honoring Confederate leaders and the lack of a repeal of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the bill. 

This vote represents the first time Congress has overridden Trump’s veto. 

Ultimately most members of Congress wanted to kowtow to the political correctness mob by destroying a facet of American history. In addition, most elected officials argued that a repeal of Section 230 was not germane to a defense spending bill. 

CBS News noted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell connected a repeal of Section 230 to a bill that would increase direct relief payments to Americans from $600 to $2,000. McConnell has been an outspoken opponent of increasing direct payments, a position that President Trump and several populist Republicans support. The Senate Majority leader cleverly tied the Section 230 repeal to this bill as a poison pill, knowing full well that it would not pass.

Trump has vetoed nine bills in his presidency but none were subject to a veto override. If the House overrides the veto, this will mark the first time that Trump’s veto will be reversed. Such a veto override would not be controversial because the NDAA is an important defense bill that has usually passed without controversy since both parties are generally bought off by the defense industry.

The GOP has yet again shown its true colors as one wing of the political establishment. We already know that Democrats hate Trump’s agenda, but there are plenty of Republican snakes that can completely hamstring Trump during critical votes. These treasonous types need to be exposed in the 2022 primaries. If the Republican Party is to go populist, it must be purged of its establishment elements.

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