Well this is the biggest non-shocker in the history of non-shockers.
Mitt Romney, who at the very beginning of this year said he would oppose Trump when his policies are “divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions”, is now opposing Trump on his national emergency:
NEW: In a rebuke to President Trump, Sen. Mitt Romney says he will vote "for the resolution of disapproval" of Trump's national emergency declaration: "This is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core" https://t.co/e1GvbP24Wb pic.twitter.com/6KuVE4O9p2— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 14, 2019
Romney put out a statement that is difficult to read:
My statement on today’s emergency declaration vote→ pic.twitter.com/QbP7VCL81S
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) March 14, 2019
In case you want to read it, here’s his full statement:
“I will vote today for the resolution of disapproval. This is a vote for the Constitution and for the balance of powers that is at its core. For the Executive Branch to override a law passed by Congress would make it the ultimate power rather than a balancing power.
“This is not a vote against border security. In fact, I agree that a physical barrier is urgently needed to help ease the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and the administration already has $4.5 billion available within existing authority to fund a barrier – even without an emergency declaration.
“I am seriously concerned that overreach by the Executive Branch is an invitation to further expansion and abuse by future presidents. We experienced a similar erosion of congressional authority with President Obama’s unilateral immigration orders – which I strenuously opposed. In the case before us now, where Congress has enacted specific policy, to consent to an emergency declaration would be both inconsistent with my beliefs and contrary to my oath to defend the Constitution.”
As Mark Levin pointed out last night, this is hogwash. There is no threat to the balance of powers.
You know I tend to give Mike Lee a lot more leeway (pun intended) because I view him as a man of substance, even when I disagree with him. Not so with Romney. He’s shown time and time again that he’s more interested in being a RINO than doing the right thing for the country.