WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to the Senate’s vote to rebuke President Trump for his attempt to declare a state of emergency regarding the southern border, People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement:
“President Trump’s bogus attempt to scare Americans into giving up their democracy fell flat in the GOP-controlled Senate today. A strong bipartisan majority made clear that they would not ignore this attack on the Constitution or the public outcry against the declaration of a fake emergency. Americans across the ideological spectrum recognize Trump’s scheme for the racist attack on our values that it is. Trump created the crises on our southern border by crippling the legal asylum process and separating children from their families.
“The Senate vote makes clear that even some of Trump’s strongest supporters are unwilling to defend his attack on our Constitution’s core principles—and those that do are putting party before country to a disturbing degree. Every Republican who voted against this resolution of disapproval should be made to answer for their betrayal of the Constitution at the ballot box.
“Trump has indicated he would veto the bill. If he does, it will be up to Republicans to show whether they have the courage to stand up to Trump and override his veto.”
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy. Learn more: https://www.pfaw.org.