On Thursday, the United States Senate will vote on a measure to stop President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration, and one conservative magazine’s editorial board is urging dissent within Republican ranks.
The National Review‘s editorial board on Wednesday encouraged Senate Republicans to set politics aside and rebuke Trump’s power grab.
“It’s not going to be easy for Senate Republicans to vote to disapprove of President Trump’s declaration of emergency at the border. They should do it, nonetheless, on principle and out of institutional self-respect.”
In the op-ed, simply entitled “Disapprove,” the board raises concerns over handing Trump a green light to bypass Congress, particularly because the president himself said he “didn’t have to do” it.
“The problem with the emergency declaration is that, even if it’s technically legal (a matter of debate that will go up to the Supreme Court), it is clearly pretextual and a way to do an end-run around the congressional spending power,” the board wrote. “The president himself in his press conference announcing the emergency said that he didn’t have to do it, but that he wanted to build new fencing more quickly than he could without the declaration.”
Senate Republicans are “in an awkward position,” the board said. Though the GOP caucus supports the president’s desire to erect a border wall, “they just can’t support the means he’s using to get there.”
The board conceded that bucking Trump on this one policy will not ameliorate the growing disparity between congressional and executive power. “It will show, though, that at least a fraction of one of the political parties is willing to stand up for how our constitutional system is supposed to work,” it stressed.
“It’s a tough vote,” the board concluded, “but a worthy one.”
— Keith (@Keith_wnjmr) March 13, 2019
Now that's a milestone. I never would have expected the National Review to take a stand like that. We're seeing the Senate GOP start to break ranks over Trump's emergency declaration and THAT is very encouraging.
— Karen (I like snitty Mueller letters) (@17frosted) March 13, 2019
Don't something RIGHT for a chance!!
— Phatz Nc (@Fmessia0) March 13, 2019
Will Republicans listen?
Republicans are having a hard time deciding if they support absolute, unchecked power or abiding by laws and the Constitution.
— Tom (@satya_or_bust) March 13, 2019
I am guessing that they will find that they are shouting into the void
— Wendy Goliff (@WendyGoliff) March 13, 2019
Some people are really skeptical about giving Republicans the benefit of the doubt on the subject of principle.