Rand Paul Issues Dire Warning To Any “Bitter” Republican Senator Who Supports Impeaching Donald Trump
Senator Rand Paul issued an ominous warning to Republican leaders in Congress of a “mass exodus” of supporters and a possible destruction of the party if some GOP lawmakers pursue efforts to support another round of impeachment against President Donald Trump led by Democrats.
Speaking to Fox News host Laura Ingraham, the Kentucky senator described the second impeachment push of Democrats as “crazy” and said it is another proof of how “bitter” the President’s political opponents are.
“I just don’t understand how they can be moving forward with this,” Paul said.
“And look, I’m not just saying I’m for everything President Trump has done. I was for seating the electors because I think Congress shouldn’t overturn the state electors. But at the same time, the thing they are doing 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.
The lawmaker noted that his unsolicited advice to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on his apparent willingness to pursue an impeachment against President Trump is a warning that such a move would “destroy” the party altogether.
“They will destroy the Republican Party if leadership is complicit with an impeachment, or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” he said.
A third of GOP to leave if Trump impeached
Paul noted that an impeachment is “purely partisan” and that the GOP could also lose “a third” of its party.
“Impeachment is purely a partisan thing. It’s for these morals, ‘Oh I’m so much better than you and you’re a bad person because I’m so moral’ — It’s for these kinds of people to do this,” the Kentucky lawmaker added.
“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election. But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. But if Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party — a third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul continued.
“This isn’t anymore about the Electoral College. It’s about the future of the party and whether you’re going to ostracize and ex-communicate President Trump from the party, well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well,” he added.
The Democrat-led House voted to officially impeach President Trump for the second time last week, citing “incitement of insurrection” related to the January 6 chaos that ensued in Capitol Hill. He was impeached with a 232-197 vote with 10 Republicans in the House joining Democrats.
Meanwhile, McConnell in the Senate has refused to call an emergency session to hold impeachment hearings in the Senate before session resumes on Tuesday, January 19, but he was also sending signals that he is open to convicting the outgoing Republican President with trial “likely” to start after Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Reports said McConnell is telling GOP senators that the impeachment will be a “ vote of conscience” echoing the same narrative from Democrats.