Trump Issues First Veto

Photo by  Alex Wong/Getty Images

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images


We ran the numbers: There are 825 news articles covering this topic. 40% (334) are left leaning, 41% (340) center, 18% (151) right leaning.

President Trump exercised his veto power for the first time on March 15, 2019. In February, Trump declared a national state of emergency in order to fund a wall along the U.S. southern border. Last week, a dozen Republican senators and every Democratic senator voted to block the president’s action by rescinding the state of emergency. The resolution passed by a 59-to-41 vote. It is extremely unlikely Congress will have sufficient votes to override Trump’s veto (a two-thirds majority is required in both the House and the Senate). This means the president’s declaration would stay in effect.

Most stories led with some version of the the news peg: President Trump vetoes congressional resolution. Many included video of Trump’s press conference.

Left-leaning articles were more likely to reference past comments Trump has made on immigration and past political pushback he has received on the topic. Left-leaning articles were also more likely to include statements from politicians who opposed Trump’s national state of emergency, often featuring Republican congressmen.

Right-leaning articles were more likely to run quotations from Trump’s press conference, in which he said of the Senate vote, “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution and I have the duty to veto it” and “I didn’t need the votes. We all knew it’s going to be a veto, and there’s not going to be an override.” Right-leaning articles were also more likely to reference that Trump surrounded himself with “angel moms”—women whose children have been murdered by illegal aliens—at the press conference.

Far more left-leaning outlets covered this story than did right-leaning outlets.