Skip to main content
Tags: john thune | democrats | border | political | liability | votes | chuck schumer

Sen. Thune: 'Desperate' Dems Now See Border Vulnerability

By    |   Tuesday, 21 May 2024 11:21 AM EDT

Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said congressional Democrats are suddenly motivated and "desperate" to fix the border crisis of their own making amid sagging poll numbers and with an election coming into view.

In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal published Monday, Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, wrote that Democrats are making a "bad political bet" that Americans will "hire the arsonists to put out the fire."

Thune's column came the same day that President Joe Biden spoke with Republican leaders Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., about supporting the bipartisan Senate border bill that Republicans soundly rejected earlier this year. Thune said it is all part of a new stunt for Democrats — "their best impersonations of Republicans."

"The architects of the Biden border crisis — the worst in American history — suddenly want the American people to know they're on the case. After three-plus years of mismanaging border security, resulting in more than nine million entries through the southern border, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is telegraphing that he may force Senate floor votes related to the border," Thune wrote.

"That's his prerogative as leader, but I don't expect anyone to buy this political theater. For starters, Mr. Biden has authority to take action at the border and to do so today," Thune added, noting Biden's executive actions in 2021 that undid every border policy that former President Donald Trump had implemented during his term.

Thune said the motivation of Democrats is transparent — votes — especially in the precarious Senate races in Montana, Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania, all states Dems need to win to maintain their majority in the upper chamber.

"They aren't motivated by national security. They're concerned about their own political vulnerability. They've recognized, albeit too late, that the chaos of an open border is a political liability," Thune wrote.

Thune is one of two Republicans to officially announce a bid to replace the retiring McConnell as Senate GOP leader, joining Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson, a Newsmax writer and editor, has nearly three decades of experience covering news, culture and politics.

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


US
Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said congressional Democrats are suddenly motivated and "desperate" to fix the border crisis of their own making amid sagging poll numbers and with an election coming into view.
john thune, democrats, border, political, liability, votes, chuck schumer, senate
335
2024-21-21
Tuesday, 21 May 2024 11:21 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved