Rand Paul just humiliated Trump by laughing off the last shred of his remaining authority

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The president’s determined efforts to get his wall one way or another appear to be losing steam as Republican opposition to his “national emergency” declaration grows to the point where he might have to use the first veto of his presidency on shutting down a Congressional effort to stop him from doing it.

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He doesn’t even seem to care that much. His attention and energy sapped by worry over the Mueller investigation and unwelcome intrusion of the House’s investigative committees into every aspect of his life, he hasn’t made any efforts to head off the Republican rebellion — and they aren’t exactly quaking in their boots at the consequences of their backstabbing.

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“He says he understands where I’m coming from. And he didn’t tell me we would never play golf again. So, I think we’re OK” laughed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is usually one of the President’s staunchest yes-men.

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His casual dismissal of any repercussions for his vote is telling, for it reveals just how little political capital the President has to work with on the Hill and how weak his own party thinks he is.

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Given how hard he complained about the failure of the Obamacare repeal — to this day, he still takes potshots at the now-dead John McCain for his vote — and the hyperaggressive, overcompensating way that he responds to the slightest indication of disloyalty or criticism from anyone and everyone, it’s very surprising to see him treat this dissension in the ranks with kid gloves — and perhaps a sign that the cracks in the shell of Donald Trump are about to splinter beyond repair.

Original reporting by Burgess Everett and Nancy Cook at POLITICO.

 

Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.

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