MSNBC host Joe Scarborough early Wednesday ripped Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFive takeaways from the final Indiana Senate debate Vulnerable Senate Dem open to legislation ending birthright citizenship Trump plans executive order to end birthright citizenship MORE‘s plan to introduce legislation to finish birthright citizenship, saying it’s one other instance of the South Carolina Republican “degrading” himself for President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists call on DC officials to rename street in front of Saudi embassy after Khashoggi Five takeaways from the final Indiana Senate debate Avenatti says FBI told him he was targeted by alleged mail bomber MORE.
“He got here out and was excited that Trump was going to amend the Structure with an govt order which, after all, even [Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump plans executive order to end birthright citizenship Conway’s husband pens op-ed calling Trump’s birthright proposal ‘unconstitutional’ Trump visits Pittsburgh synagogue MORE (R-Wis.)] mentioned you’ll be able to’t try this,” Scarborough mentioned on “Morning Joe.” “[Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGOP lawmaker: Trump ‘cannot amend Constitution or laws via executive order’ Trump deals with Saudis may be worth much less than 0 billion CREW files Hatch Act complaint against Kellyanne Conway MORE (R-Mich.)] mentioned you’ll be able to’t try this. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway’s husband pens op-ed calling Trump’s birthright proposal ‘unconstitutional’ MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt: Limbaugh, Levin have ‘blood on their hands’ for radicalizing ‘crazy people’ Conway’s husband encourages criticism of Trump’s media attacks: ‘Pile away’ MORE’s husband, mentioned you’ll be able to’t try this.”
Scarborough additionally questioned what the College of South Carolina thinks of Graham.
“What do they assume man that graduated from their program actually thinks you can tear up the 14th Modification by signing an govt order?” he requested, earlier than saying that he would not imagine Graham actually thinks an govt order may change the Structure.
“Nevertheless it simply exhibits you ways shameful he has turn into in John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVulnerable Senate Dem open to legislation ending birthright citizenship Pavlich: Arizona doesn’t deserve Sinema The Memo: Trump base will be tested in midterms MORE’s passing and the way silly Donald Trump thinks the American individuals are,” he mentioned, referring to the late Arizona Republican senator. “It’s a clear name to racists to come back out and vote for his candidates.”
Scarborough’s feedback got here a day after Axios published Trump’s comments relating to birthright citizenship. In an interview, the president mentioned that he deliberate to finish the follow of granting the correct to citizenship to youngsters born within the U.S. to noncitizens.
“You’ll be able to undoubtedly do it with an act of Congress,” Trump mentioned within the interview, which is about to air in full on Nov. four. “However now they’re saying I can do it simply with an govt order.”
Trying to finish birthright citizenship may result in a authorized battle earlier than the Supreme Court docket over the 14th Modification, which declares: “All individuals born or naturalized in america and topic to the jurisdiction thereof, are residents of america and of the State whereby they reside.”
Many GOP and Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump over his feedback.
However Graham mentioned that he was prepared to introduce legislation “alongside the identical traces because the proposed govt order” from Trump.
“Lastly, a president prepared to tackle this absurd coverage of birthright citizenship. I’ve at all times supported complete immigration reform — and on the identical time — the elimination of birthright citizenship,” Graham tweeted.
Congress will return to session on Nov. 13, one week after the midterm elections.