The GOP is often presented as overwhelmingly united. Republican congressmen managed to stay together on the impeachment vote. That act wasn’t lost of President Trump. He told rally goers that although he was impeached, the party has never been so united.
Thanks to differences over the recent Soleimani killing, though, some cracks in the party are beginning to show. Senator Mike Lee called today’s briefing by the Trump administration an embarrassment. And well-known senators Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul spent much of today sniping at each other over patriotism.
Lee said that the presentation was, “probably the worst briefing I’ve seen, at least on a military issue, in the nine years I’ve served on the United States Senate.”
Graham started the feud by criticizing the criticism of Paul and Lee. He told CNN’s Manu Raju, “I think they’re overreacting. I’m going to let people know ..to play this game with the war powers act, which I think is unconstitutional, is that whether you mean to or not, you’re empowering the enemy.”
Just asked Graham about the criticism from Paul and Lee over Iran briefing. “I think they’re overreacting. I’m going to let people know ..to play this game with the war powers act, which I think is unconstitutional, is that whether you mean to or not, you’re empowering the enemy” pic.twitter.com/pnlISwkORb
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 8, 2020
Paul certainly took offense at Graham’s comment when asked about them by CNN. “I love my country as much as the next guy,” said the Kentucky senator. “For him to insult and say that somehow we’re not as patriotic as he is, he hasn’t even read the history of Constitution. “The Constitution specifically says the warmaking power resides in Congress… He insults the Constitution, our Founding Fathers and what we do stand for in this republic by making light of it and accusing people of lacking patriotism. I think that’s a low gutter type of response.”