Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has predicted that a lot of Republican voters will permanently abandon the party if Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators are complicit in Democrats’ impeachment against President Donald Trump in the second trial.
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Jan. 15, Paul was asked if he was surprised that McConnell has left open the possibility that there will be a Senate trial after President Trump’s term ends, a move that could prevent him from running for office in 2024.
The Kentucky senator said the second impeachment push against President Trump is wrongheaded and it would destroy the Republican Party if GOP leadership goes along with it to convict the president.
“I don’t often get asked my advice from leadership on how they should react,” Paul replied to the host Laura Ingraham. “But my unsolicited suggestion would be this: They will destroy the Republican Party if leadership is complicit in impeachment, or if leadership votes for impeachment, they will destroy the party.”
“Impeachment is purely a partisan thing, it’s for the moral, ‘Oh I’m so much better than you, and you’re a bad person, because I’m so moral,’” he explained. “These are the kind of people that are going to do this.”
Paul described, “The impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of Republicans will leave the party.”
“This isn’t about, anymore, the Electoral College. It’s about the future of the party, and if you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party, then guess what, millions of his fans will leave as well,” Paul said.
The Democrat-led House on Jan. 13 voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump, charging the president with “incitement of insurrection,” one week after a group of black-clad antifa and BLM rioters crept in among the president’s peaceful supporters to attack the Capitol when Congress met to certify the electoral votes. The Democrats blamed President Trump for the violence.
During the interview with Ingraham, Paul said that he did not understand how the Democrats can be moving forward with the impeachment.
“The thing they’re doing now is an overreaction, and if they think they’re going to have a positive feeling from the public, when they’re going to go through a partisan impeachment again, I think that’s absolutely insane and wrongheaded,” Paul said.
In a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, Jan. 17, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) urged the incoming Senate majority leader not to hold an impeachment trial in the chamber once President Trump leaves office, saying it would only “incite further division” and delay the nation’s “healing.”
“The Senate should vote to dismiss the article of impeachment once it is received in the Senate,” Graham wrote, referring to the article of impeachment passed by the House.
“We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great Nation if we do otherwise,” he added.
The South Carolina senator explained that a Senate attempt to disqualify President Trump from seeking office in the future “would be an unconstitutional act of political vengeance, not a righteous constitutional act to protect the Nation by removal of an incumbent president.”
My letter to Democratic Leader Schumer.
The Senate should vote to dismiss the article of impeachment once it is received in the Senate. We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great Nation if we do otherwise. pic.twitter.com/fjVcf7iVPf
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 17, 2021