The War Powers Resolution is an infringement on the president’s constitutional powers as Commander in Chief.https://t.co/eCUVnpN5aF— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 10, 2020
At the end of the day, this House vote is meaningless when it comes to President @realDonaldTrump ‘s ability to protect the nation and only serves as an inducement for Iran and other radical Islamic elements to become more provocative.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 10, 2020
To the House Dems and GOPers who voted for this resolution: You have done nothing to legally restrict President Trump’s power as Commander in Chief. Unfortunately however, you have increased the likelihood of conflict.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 10, 2020
Pompeo: “there were a series of imminent attacks, we don’t know when, we don’t know where.— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) January 10, 2020
Yes and you are taking your cues from Bibi Netanyahu, Elliot Abrams, Dick Cheney and Sheldon Adelson – they are the leaders of the GOP. https://t.co/cvTkAHZEba— Ulfric (@Ulfric74) January 10, 2020
Hecklers waving “No War” signs, interrupt Trump rally until security guards pull them out of the arena. pic.twitter.com/GYsTCR6PBs— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 10, 2020
How is this playing?
This is the first thing that the Democrats have done since winning control of the House that I agree with. I supported the Iran Deal and strongly oppose Trump’s march to war with Iran.
“The House voted on Thursday to halt further U.S. military action against Iran, in a powerful rebuke of President Donald Trump’s use of force overseas without congressional approval.
The mostly party-line vote on a symbolic, non-binding resolution came days after Trump ordered the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani — a move that instantly threatened to rope the United States into a wider conflict with Iran. …
The War Powers resolution, which passed by a vote of 224 to 194, limits Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran without first seeking congressional approval. And while the measure does not require a presidential signature, it comes amid what critics contend has been a decades-long abdication of Congress’ authority to declare war. …
The measure will now head to the Senate, where several more Republicans are expected to break with Trump in a vote expected as early as next week.
A similar resolution from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) already has support from GOP Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, but Kaine will need at least two more Republicans to back the resolution for it to pass the Senate. …”
It is a symbolic, non-binding resolution that changes nothing.
The whole point of this is to position the Democrats as a check on Trump’s warmongering and to frame Republicans as the party of warmongers. In that sense, it is working by forcing them to go on the record. I voted for Trump in 2016 in spite of his policy on Iran because his “positions” and “policies” on so many other issues that I cared about were better. In the end though, he has brought us to the brink of war with Iran without delivering on the rest of his agenda.
How am I going to vote in 2020? I now believe that a vote for Trump in 2020 is a vote to drag us into a war with Iran. I believe he will deliver a war with Iran for his Jewish donors, but he won’t deliver on any of his other populist and nationalist campaign promises. Trump has delivered on Marco Rubio’s foreign policy which I thought I had voted against in the primary.
Note: Did you see the heckler with the antiwar sign who was booed at the Trump rally in Ohio last night? That was one of our activists.