Listen: Senate Republicans see the national emergency vote as a one-time break with Trump
"That of the twelve Republican senators who did not vote with the president who voted to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency. Only one of them is running in twenty twenty. There was a risk on both sides. Right. There's the general election risk because the emergency is unpopular and the walls unpopular, but among Republicans. It's these things are very popular. And obviously, I think a lot of Republicans showed that they were more concerned about winning their primaries than they were about the general election. Who do you have in mind is it Thom Tillis North Carolina who took a lot of heat for that our switch of his vote, Thom Tillis in North Carolina. Cory Gardner in Colorado. Joni Ernst in Iowa all of them voted with the president. And not with the the the twelve Republicans like Mitt Romney. And and Pat Toomey, Mike Lee and others who had these constitutional concerns about what the president's doing. Mark. Mick Mulvaney, was on this program and said that he thinks the White House has nothing to worry about with this attempt to override the veto. But how was this received inside the White House was the president's first time to use the pen in this way? And it was also the first time the president was rebuffed this way by Republicans Ramesh points out that several of them didn't go the whole way. But the fact of the matter is after two years in which the Republicans have been just an absolute reliable sort of a bastion for the president and congress. I thought this was still symbolically important. And I'm sure that President Trump's argument is well, I didn't pitch as hard as I could have if I really asked for the votes, I would have gotten them. But nevertheless, they must be looking at this and thinking, do we have Mitch McConnell? As reliably as we thought we did and facing the prospect of more on popular potentially policy decisions debates down the road. Is this the first in what will be a more independent Republican majority in the Senate majority that's gonna make decisions not just blindly following the White House and President Trump? Some might say that's wishful thinking indeed, indeed stipulate that we haven't seen it. And we've had the same sort of discussion many many times in the past. Well, this'll be the moment that they show their independence. And they continue not to do that having said that, you know, this was a somewhat different set of circumstances. It didn't play out quite as well as I think the White House hoped it would. And so that's gotta be at least somewhat concerning for them. Do you think this resonates with people at home or is it lost on them? I do think it doesn't really resonate unless the president wants to resonate in. Which case what he does very well is turns it back against congress. I think he loves the idea that look I told you people in Washington didn't understand us in our vision for how we keep America safe. They're they're trapped in their old ways of thinking, I'm here to break us out of this. And so it actually works for him, even when it's members of his own party. I think this is very beneficial to him. And I I do agree that with the question of whether the signals more dissension or whether it's just this was a really easy vote. The veto. They're never going to have to vote on this again, they're not going to it's going to die in the house. Most likely they won't have to vote on this again. And then it's in the courts where ultimately means that none of the discussion that we're having right now may ever have to turn into"