Senator Rand Paul is usually a big supporter of Trump. He has praised Trump numerous times in the past. But it appears he is turning his back on his party and his country at a time when they need him most.
Paul is planning to vote against the President when it comes to the declaration of a national emergency and border wall funding. He said as much at a function in Kentucky.
“In a speech to the crowd of nearly 200 Republican officeholders and supporters at Western Kentucky University’s Augenstein Alumni Center, Paul interjected, in a speech devoted largely to praising the work of President Donald Trump, his opinion that Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border is a dangerous precedent.
“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” Paul said just moments after drawing applause for his praise of some Trump policies and his ridicule of some congressional Democrats. “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.”
“Three GOP senators – Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Thom Tillis of North Carolina – have already said they will vote to derail the emergency declaration. If Paul joins them and the Senate’s 47 Democrats, the president will need to veto the measure in order to get his emergency money.”
Paul’s vote could have helped Trump gain funding for the wall faster. But he is instead pulling a political move and abandoning his party.
This is not the end as Trump will still be able to veto it. Even after the veto there is likely going to be a long drawn out case in the federal courts.
But the country really needed this and Paul failed us.
Looks like Paul could use another tackle to knock some sense into him.