Lindsey Graham’s Enabling of Trump Reaches New Low
February 19, 2019
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has become one of Donald Trump’s greatest enablers. So much so, that Graham is backing Trump’s national emergency declaration over a manufactured crisis. Graham, once considered an even-handed Senator who would hold Trump accountable, is now trying to sell the American people on the president’s dangerous power grab, and in doing so, he’s even selling out school kids.
“I would say it’s better for the middle school kids in Kentucky to have a secure border,” said Graham to Face the Nation, as he tried to justify Trump’s illegal push to redirect funds from federal construction projects — including for a military middle school in Kentucky — to build his unnecessary, unpopular and ineffective wall.
Let’s be clear: there is no national emergency:
Trump said it himself: “I didn’t need to do this.” He then spent the next three days on the golf course.
Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of a national emergency declaration, despite what Trump and Graham say:
NPR: “More than 6-in-10 Americans disapprove of President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency so he can build barriers along the U.S border with Mexico, a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds.”
Despite Trump’s claims that other presidents have done this, no president in history has declared a national emergency to overrule Congress and the will of the people:
New York Times: “The suit, filed in Federal District Court in San Francisco, argues that the president does not have the power to divert funds for constructing a wall along the Mexican border because it is Congress that controls spending.”