Rep. Steve King (R-Texas) explained to Tucker Carlson Wednesday how it is that President Trump could force Congress to fund his famed border wall, despite there not being enough support even among congressional Republicans for it.
“During the commercial break, I tried to think I know personally in Washington who support a border wall, I got to five, total that would include you and the president,” Carlson said, “I’m including employees at the White House.”
“Almost nobody here supports a border wall, the country does. Washington doesn’t,” he continued. “How are you gonna get it done when so few here support it?”
“Well,” King responded, “I think their lack of conviction that’s been demonstrated in the past will manifest itself in this little battle, Tucker, I say that with a little bit of sarcasm in my voice, but if you remember, there was a government shutdown in 2013.”
“It was over a principle of not funding the the unconstitutional Obamacare legislature that was there,” he explained. “And the president shut the country down, and he closed down our national monuments, and made it as difficult as possible for the American people.”
“And eventually, Congress caved in on a principle,” he emphasized. “A constitutional principle, I might add.”
“Well, this is a mandate that came from the American people,” King continued. “The mandate says, ‘build the wall,’ the president says he’s going to build a wall, if he vetoes an appropriation bill because it lacks funding for the wall, $1.6 billion has been his ask. If he vetoes that, Congress has to override the veto.”
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“The votes won’t be there to override a presidential veto, and eventually this will get done,” he concluded.
The president and congressional Republicans have already allowed a budget vote to go through without funding for the border wall, but Trump has signaled that he is ready to shut down the government before allowing another budget vote to pass without funding for the border wall.