'Executive Branch Overreach': GOP Rep. Massie Explains Opposition to Trump's Nat'l Emergency Declaration
Rep. Thomas Massie joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Nation's "Liberty File" to explain why he opposes President Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.
Massie (R-Ky.) was one of 13 House Republicans to vote with Democrats on a resolution to overturn the declaration, which Trump intends to use to secure funding for his long-promised border wall.
Massie said he's taking serious criticism from his constituents -- Trump won Kentucky's 4th congressional district by 36 points -- but he doesn't want to set a precedent that presidents can declare a national emergency when they disagree with how Congress appropriates funds.
Napolitano agreed and noted that a future Democratic president could declare an emergency on gun control, climate change or health care to circumvent Congress.
"I support the president, but I do not support executive branch overreach," Massie stated.
Despite that, he predicted that the Senate will pass the resolution, Trump will veto it, a veto override will fail in Congress, and the president will prevail in this particular battle.
"If legislators always vote with the president, we have a king. And if legislators always vote with whatever way the wind is blowing that day, we have mob rule. But if legislators always vote with the Constitution, we have a republic."
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