Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) flatted his Democratic colleagues who have been claiming that the border wall is “immoral” — despite having voted for one in 2006.
In 2006, the majority of Senate Democrats — including now-Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) — voted for the Secure Fence Act to build a physical barrier on the southern border. Now, the U.S. government is rapidly approaching the three-week mark for a partial government shutdown due to a disagreement between the White House and Democratic leadership over wall funding.
As the rhetoric continues to climb on both sides, McConnell took the opportunity to slam Senate Democrats for flipping on border security, claiming that they are only opposed to the wall because President Donald Trump supports it.
Watch the video below:
Mitch McConnell: “Enforcing our laws wasn’t immoral back in 2006 when then-Sen. Clinton and then-Sen Obama and [Schumer] were proud to vote for physical barriers”
“The only things that have changed since then are the political winds and of course the occupant of the White House” pic.twitter.com/NwPoMGxq2D
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 8, 2019
“Maybe [Democrats] are dead set on opposing this particular president on any issue, for any reason, just for the sake of opposing him. Now, look, walls and barriers are not immoral. How silly? Enforcing our laws wasn’t immoral back in 2006 when then-Sen. [Hillary] Clinton and then-Sen. [Barack] Obama and our friend, the Democratic leader [Schumer], were proud to vote for physical barriers. The only things that have changed between then and now are the political winds and, of course, the occupant of the White House.”
McConnell concluded his floor address by saying that “this is no newfound principled objection. It’s just political spite. A partisan tantrum being prioritized over the public interest.”
From the looks of things, Democrats and Republicans have a long way to go before they will find the common ground needed to reopen the government.
One side will have to give in and make the concession necessary for the appropriations bill to be signed. Trump doesn’t seem like he wants to fold. He said he would be “proud” to leave the government partially shut down for “years” if it means that the southern border would be secured.
Although it looks like McConnell pounced on Democrats from the floor of the Senate, that will not be the only public takedown Democrats are likely to face Tuesday. Trump will be addressing the nation in a televised broadcast from the Oval Office on Tuesday evening to make his case for the wall before the American people.