On Thursday, Donald Trump was defeated by his own political party who turned on him to vote against his national emergency declaration on the southern border.
Following the vote on the Senate floor that left Trump alone, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke with Politico and claimed that it could have all been stopped if the president had talked to his Republican Senators instead of sending out threatening tweets.
Following a Senate vote that saw 12 Republicans defy the president, Politico revealed that Trump had aides text his tweets to senators as a warning.
Thursday morning Trump tweeted, “A vote for today’s resolution by Republican Senators is a vote for Nancy Pelosi, Crime, and the Open Border Democrats!“
According to Politico, “Soon after, White House aides began blasting the tweet to GOP senators by text message to remind them of how the president viewed the impending vote, according to senators and aides who received the messages.”
Trump’s threats did not go as he planned. According to Lee, this ultimately drove the 12 Republicans to vote against the president.
“He quite possibly could have gotten 50 senators voting no,” explained Lee who had already committed to voting with the Democrats.
Politico notes, “The Republican revolt on the Senate floor followed a haphazard and erratic persuasion effort from Trump that offers a vivid encapsulation of how this White House has struggled to influence Congress.”