Politics is a fickle game, sometimes a political career can come crashing down due to a single sentence.
Think George H.W. Bush and his “read my lips, no new taxes,” line.
Now Senator Cornyn is defending his recent career-threatening slip of the lips by saying it was just a “joke” and conservatives are furious.
Republican “leadership” caves on gun rights
Following the recent mass murders in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas, Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, tasked his fellow Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas to team with Republican Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina to work with Democrats on a bipartisan compromise bill to curbed so-called “gun violence.”
GOP Senators Cornyn and Tillis were successful working with Democrat Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
They reached a deal that included money to incentivize states to pass so-called “Red Flag” laws, add a waiting period of between 3 and 10 days, and additional background investigations for people under 21 to purchase a firearm and expand the definition of a “relationship” for the purposes of the enforcement of the laws to include, basically, anyone one had a fling with in the past.
14 Republicans voted in favor: Blunt (MO), Burr (NC), Capito (WV), Cassidy (LA), Collins (ME), Cornyn (TX), Ernst (IA), Graham (SC), McConnell (KY), Murkowski (AK), Portman (OH), Romney (UT), Tillis (NC) and Young (IN).
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2022
Prior to 15 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in voting to pass the bill in the Senate and send it to the House, eleven other Senate RINOs, joined McConnell, Cornyn and Tillis in clearing the compromise bill passed a potential filibuster, including: Roy Blunt (MO), Richard Burr (NC), Shelly Capito (WV), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Joni Ernst (IA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Rob Portman (OH), Mitt Romney (UT), and Todd Young (IN).
Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey was not around for the vote to end debate, but did vote with his fellow RINOs in voting for the passage of the gun-grabbing bill.
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) did not vote tonight, but has announced his support for the measure.https://t.co/1QI7fyX6gH
— CSPAN (@cspan) June 22, 2022
Open-borders could be the next compromise
After the initial passing of the 60-vote threshold to clear a filibuster, Senator Cornyn celebrated his victory with Democrats – and in the process planned their second act.
With weak "Republican leaders" in the Senate selling us out like this, who needs Democrats? https://t.co/8DKQnKXx10
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 22, 2022
The Huffington Post’s Igor Bobic was thrilled to tweet about the “positive vibe” on the Senate floor following the vote to move the compromise gun-grab bill forward for debate.
“More positive ~~ vibes ~~ on Senate floor,” Bobic tweeted. “A smiling Cornyn tells (Democrat California Senator) Padilla, ‘First guns, now it’s immigration’.”
According to Bobic, Arizona’s Sen. Kyrsten Sinema – a Democrat who is often celebrated on the Right for her occasional bucking of progressive orthodoxy – replied, “that’s right, we’re going to do it.”
A joke without a punchline
Following his slip of the lips, Senator Cornyn was roasted with backlash about his open borders comment to Democrat Senators.
No gun bill.
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) June 22, 2022
.@GOPleader already pledged NO AMNESTY.
Republicans in the House are united and so are our voters!
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) June 22, 2022
In the face of the backlash, Cornyn is now saying he was just joking.
“The Democrats and their allies in the media really can’t take a joke. There’s no secret amnesty bill,” Cornyn said.
But where’s the punchline?
Senator Sinema certainly didn’t think it was a joke.
DACA recipients deserve a permanent, legislative solution. We must take action and pass a law that will unequivocally allow these young men and women to stay in the only home they’ve ever known. They deserve nothing less. https://t.co/ldCtQx8KZe
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 18, 2020
And Cornyn’s past record doesn’t indicate the statement was made in jest.
Cornyn is on the record supporting amnesty for the so-called “Dreamers.”
“DACA recipients deserve a permanent, legislative solution,” Cornyn tweeted. “We must take action and pass a law that will unequivocally allow these young men and women to stay in the only home they’ve ever known. They deserve nothing less.”
Perhaps the only joke is Cornyn calling himself a Republican.