Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul set Democrats on their heels on Tuesday when he formally objected to the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.
The Kentucky Republican forced a vote on the issue, saying, “I think it’ll be enough to show that you know more than a third of the Senate thinks that the whole proceeding is unconstitutional which will show that ultimately they don’t have the votes to do an impeachment.”
He lit into Democrats and their reasoning for wanting a second impeachment trial on the grounds that the president incited a riot on Capitol Hill.
“Hyperpartisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol, the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history,” he said.
“No Democrat will honestly ask whether Bernie Sanders incited the shooter that nearly killed Steve Scalise,” he stated seriously. “No Democrat will ask whether Maxine Waters incited violence when she literally told her supporters ‘to confront Trump officials in public.’”
“Instead of doing the nation’s work, Democrats are wasting the nation’s time on a partisan vendetta against a man no longer in office. It’s as if they have no ability to exist except in opposition to Donald Trump. Without him, they might have to legislate and convince Americans that their policies are the right ones,” Paul roared.
Following his Senate speech, Paul appeared on “Greg Kelly Reports” on Newsmax, saying that, “The impeachment is dead; it’s dead on arrival. It takes 67 votes. The Democrats could only muster 55 votes – 50 Democrats and five Republicans who decided to vote with the Democrats – but they don’t have nearly enough.
“And the thing is, this divides the country. It doesn’t unify anything. So, [President Joe] Biden either means he wants to unify the country, or he’s just playing games with us.”
Paul again visited the possibility of the same standard being applied to Democrats and their followers, especially former Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign volunteer who belonged to a Facebook group called “Terminate the Republican Party,” before critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the GOP House Whip.
He also made reference to Democrats’ characterization at the time Republicans’ legislative proposal on healthcare was “you get sick and then you die.”
“Well, that to me, sounds like if you have a sick young one, or a kid, or somebody who has leukemia and they might die, that Republicans want your child to die,” Paul told host Greg Kelly. “It sounds like the kind of language that would incite violence. And it set this man off. But not one Republican said ‘Oh, Bernie Sanders is responsible.’ Not one Republican said ‘Oh, we should impeach Bernie Sanders, or censure Bernie Sanders.’
“So, I think these people are small people, very small people, pathetic, very bitter, and what they’re doing to the country is a terrible travesty.”
Paul announced on his Twitter account that he would be taking his objections to the floor of the senate hours before his actual speech. He also called out Democrats for doing the opposite of what they said they would do when they campaigned leading up to the 2020 presidential election:
“This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country. Democrats claim to want to unify the country but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity,” Paul said on Twitter.
“Democrats brazenly appointing a pro-impeachment democrat to preside over the trial is not fair or impartial and hardly indicates any kind of unity for the country. No, unity is the opposite of this travesty we are about to witness.
“If we are about to try to impeach a President – where is the Chief Justice? If the accused is no longer President – where is the constitutional power to impeach him? Private citizens don’t get impeached. Impeachment is for removal from office, and the accused here has already left office.” Paul went on.
“Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history.
“Instead of doing the nation’s work with their new majorities in the House, Senate, and Executive Branch, Democrats are wasting the nation’s time on a partisan vendetta against a man no longer in office. It’s almost as if they have no ability to exist except in opposition to Trump.”
The Republican senator held Democrats’ feet to the fire, saying “Without him as their boogeyman, they might have to legislate and to actually convince Americans that their policy prescriptions are the right ones. I want this body on record. Is this how you think politics should be?”