Last month the Democrat controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution opposing President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration in an effort to divert funds to pay for his border wall. That passage came as no surprise.
But Thursday 12 GOP Senators joined their Democratic colleagues to pass the measure in the Senate as well. The vote was 59-41 in a Senate with 53 GOP Senators that is a big defection and a major message to Trump.
Whether the message was received and understood is unclear, but the President sent a quick and clear response. Trump tweeted:
VETO!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1552590991.0
@realDonaldTrump THE PRESIDENT DEMANDS TO SPEAK TO THE MANAGER— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1552591425.0
@igorbobic @DemFromCT Nancy has the laser pointer https://t.co/CPs3aKM66i— Perplexed Individual (@Perplexed Individual) 1552592694.0
Many people pondered if the President knew he'd have to go through the process with more than just a tweet.
@realDonaldTrump I think there's a formal process here, you don't just shout the word. Common mistake: https://t.co/sHGf9u5EuF— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait) 1552591068.0
First even presidential veto by tweet? https://t.co/FMSJql5pcC— Igor Bobic (@Igor Bobic) 1552591869.0
ever*— Igor Bobic (@Igor Bobic) 1552591906.0
@igorbobic https://t.co/gA3XQoqgdZ— Tal Kopan (@Tal Kopan) 1552591909.0
@igorbobic @DemFromCT he probably thinks this is the official way to do it.— Harold Cook (@Harold Cook) 1552592198.0
@realDonaldTrump I think you also have to sign something FYI— Faux Pelini (@Faux Pelini) 1552591393.0
@igorbobic (Should we tell him that he has to actually sign it to make it legal? Or just let him think this works?)— wskrz 🇳🇱🇨🇦🇪🇺 (@wskrz 🇳🇱🇨🇦🇪🇺) 1552592087.0
@igorbobic Can we tell him that ALL he needs to do about it is tweet!???— Angela (@Angela) 1552591978.0
A few Twitter users thought it was a call to just yell out their suggestions and accommodated the request.
@realDonaldTrump 25TH AMENDMENT— Olga Lautman (@Olga Lautman) 1552591145.0
@realDonaldTrump RESIGN!— Liza Jane (@Liza Jane) 1552597971.0
@realDonaldTrump IMPEACH— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591069.0
@realDonaldTrump RESIGN— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591128.0
@realDonaldTrump 25TH AMENDMENT— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591147.0
@realDonaldTrump HIGH CRIMES— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591158.0
@realDonaldTrump MISDEMEANORS— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591183.0
@realDonaldTrump EMOLUMENTS— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591213.0
@realDonaldTrump ABUSE OF POWER— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591232.0
@realDonaldTrump WOW! 12 Republican Votes against your fake emergency! SAD! Alexander Blunt Collins Lee Moran Mur… https://t.co/NJIQR0thbp— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1552591286.0
Others just thought it was a typo.
And offered to correct the President's tweet.
@igorbobic Tweeto— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1552591941.0
@ddale8 @igorbobic Cheeto— Anastasia Milleur (@Anastasia Milleur) 1552592188.0
@realDonaldTrump It's VITO, Don. VITO Corleone.— Greg Olear (@Greg Olear) 1552596190.0
Many thought Trump got just one letter wrong.
@realDonaldTrump You misspelled "BETO!" https://t.co/ixjvA16uCM— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1552591118.0
@igorbobic He misspells everything I think he meant BETO!!— Rob (@Rob) 1552592965.0
@realDonaldTrump No no...you’ve only gone and misspelt it again. It’s BETO!— Dazamax (@Dazamax) 1552597966.0
@realDonaldTrump I think you meant Beto— SelConstruction305 (@SelConstruction305) 1552598173.0
Those letters do actually sit adjacent on a qwerty keyboard.
@igorbobic He’s just really excited about O’Rourke’s campaign. The V and the B are right next to each other.— Joshua Sharp (@Joshua Sharp) 1552592455.0
Based on the results of the first vote, there is not enough support in the Senate to overturn a veto by President Trump making the resolution largely symbolic for many people.