The veto by the defeated and soon to be ex-president was just another example of too much, too far, even for his supporters in the Senate and House. They delivered what is the latest in a string of overwhelming defeats of a lame-duck president.
“A suit to establish that the Vice President has discretion over the count, filed against the Vice President, is a walking legal contradiction,” the Justice Department argues.
The defeated president continues his attempts to overturn the will of voters who denied him a second term. His loss brings more loss of credibility to the Republicans who support him.
The refusal of McConnell to act on Trump’s demand for a vote on $2,000 stimulus checks to most Americans showcases just how much power and control is missing now for the soon to be ex-president.
Howley will play the useless foil of Trump’s last-chance attempt to overturn the will of voters from the Nov. 3 election, a final stunt of a dying presidency.
“To get a pardon, one has to be either a Republican, a convicted child murderer or a turkey. It’s not surprising that a criminal like Trump pardons other criminals,” says senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt of the Southern District of Iowa.
The angry soon to be ex-president in denial over his election loss tells Republicans to “get getter leaders.” The Senate is expected to follow the House and also override Trump’s veto of the defense policy bill.
The incoming president says he will work to improve the distribution system when he takes office. “As I long feared and warned the effort to distribute and administer the vaccine is not progressing as it should.”
The blockage comes in a week when the House approved the increased payment and overrode Trump’s veto of a key defense policy and spending bill. The Senate is expected to follow suit on the override.
Republicans have joined Democrats in delivering the first override of one of Trump’s vetos. It was the first and probably the last before he becomes a has-been on Jan. 20.