With Democrats in the House whipped into an impeachment frenzy, Fox News host Laura Ingraham called out Republicans for undermining President Donald Trump on key issues, saving her most venomous criticism for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Pointing to the national emergency on the southern border, she played a clip of the Kentucky Republican expressing tepid support for Trump on the issue on Tuesday’s episode of “The Ingraham Angle,” noting that he can’t hold his GOP caucus together.
“With all due respect, it is partly Mitch McConnell’s fault that the president had to declare a national emergency at all,” Ingraham told viewers. “He and Paul Ryan promised the president when he signed that ridiculous omnibus spending bill last year that they would get him the funding he needed for the wall — before last year ended, no matter what happened in the election.
“But what happened? We predicted on the show, they didn’t do it.”
While praising McConnell for a “masterful job” of getting judges through the Senate, to include two Supreme Court justices, Ingraham said he signaled to moderate GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski, from Alaska, and Susan Collins, from Maine, among others, that it’s OK to vote against the president on the national emergency.
McConnell is expected to allow a vote sometime in mid-March on a resolution that would revoke Trump’s national emergency, which has already passed in the Pelosi-run House.
Four Republicans have stated their intentions of voting with Democrats. Murkowski and Collins are joined by Sens. Thom Tillis, from N.C., and Rand Paul, from Kentucky.
The four Republican votes give Democrats the needed 51 votes to pass the measure.
Ironically, as Democrats and many of their media allies insist there is no emergency on the southern border, the New York Times — no friend of Trump’s by any stretch of the imagination — reported Tuesday the southwest border is at a “breaking point,” as 76,000 illegal immigrants were detained in February alone, with many of them being women and children from Central America.
Breaking News: U.S. officials reported a surge in migrants crossing the southern border, with 76,000 coming in February alone, putting a strain on facilities https://t.co/hgNhfmzr79
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 5, 2019
After saying that President Trump was within his rights to declare the emergency, Ingraham made an important point about this being more about Trump than about the rule of law.
“Congress has never before moved to end a presidential emergency declaration. Until now,” she noted.
She said that even the N.Y Times is painting a grim picture of what is happening at the border, and showed a clip of Border Patrol officials saying apprehensions are up significantly, with 70% of those coming from Central American countries, with a full 62% of those being vulnerable families and children.
And there are reportedly thousands of fraudulent asylum claims overwhelming the system.
Ingraham was adamant that Trump must hold his ground.
“The president must continue to stand firm on this issue and forge ahead, against the Chamber of Commerce Republican who want an endless full of cheap labor and the open borders Democrats who think they have an endless supply of new voters,” she said.
As for the impeachment efforts, the Fox News host broke that down as well.
“This is a political war, all of this that you are seeing around you,” Ingraham said. “And it is meant to undo the president’s successes and block his agenda for the next two years. It’s all this is about. This isn’t just harassment of President Trump — he said that today. It’s harassment of the millions of Americans who voted for his agenda and it is an abuse of the entire democratic process that the Democrats claim to care so much about.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, was brought in to comment on what Ingraham called the “national travesty” on the border.
“We just heard from the agents on the board, even the N.Y. Times, talking about the 70-some thousand just this month alone crossing the border,” Jordan said. “What, are we on the fifth caravan? Do we need a sixth caravan, seventh caravan, endless caravan, before we say it’s an emergency?”
“The president’s right and some of the Republicans who are opposing the president, as you said in your opening, are the same ones last year during the Congress [who] didn’t want to get it done when we had majority vote in the House and Senate,” he added.
On a positive note, Jordan said Republicans will be able to prevent an override of an expected veto from Trump.
“Looks like the Senate is going to vote to overrule the president’s order, but when the president vetoes it and it comes back for a veto, we’ll be able to sustain the veto,” he said.
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