In a stunning and embarrassing rebuke, 12 Republicans voted for a resolution to overturn President Donald Trump’s national emergency border wall declaration on Thursday.
By choosing to defy a Republican president, these Republicans have stood up for the separation of powers, the rule of law, and the constitution—and against executive overreach. It was the rare instance of Congress showing itself to be both strong and willing to stand for itself against the executive branch. Though the numbers are not there to override a veto of the measure that Trump has already said he’d issue, Thursday nevertheless marked an important moment in our current politics. Let’s hope it is a sign of things to come.
I’ve been willing to criticize Republicans in the past, so it’s only fair to give credit where it’s due. Having drawn a red line on this defining vote, these Republicans deserve our praise and respect.
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