Sen. Rand Paul described the looming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump as a “partisan farce.” He said that by Democrats’ logic, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer should face impeachment too.
While he was opposed to trying to overturn the election, he sees the impeachment as absurd.
“If we’re going to criminalize speech, and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Go fight to hear your voices heard,’ I mean really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday.” “He went to the Supreme Court, stood in front of the Supreme Court and said specifically, ‘Hey Gorsuch, Hey Kavanaugh, you’ve unleashed a whirlwind. And you’re going to pay the price.'”
“This inflammatory wording, this violent rhetoric of Chuck Schumer was so bad that the chief justice, who rarely says anything publicly, immediately said this kind of language is dangerous as a mob tried to invade the Supreme Court,” Paul continued.
Senator Paul is referring to this speech:
Noticed Schumer’s spox said his comments threatening Gorsuch, Kavanuagh were a “deliberate misinterpretation” and that he was threatening “Senate Republicans,” not SCOTUS.
Here are Schumer’s complete remarks. His threats against Gorsuch, Kavanaugh were accurately reported. pic.twitter.com/m5Ski6ryqd
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 5, 2020
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Paul opposed the “misguided notion of voting to overturn the election either with Congress or the vice president.” Still, he said that there is a “zero” chance that Trump will be convicted by the Senate. “People are going to have to judge for themselves … are we going to potentially prosecute people for political speech?” Paul said.
Paul also said that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ choosing not to preside over the Senate impeachment trial underscores its partisan nature.
“Justice Roberts said heck no, I’m not coming across the street because you’re not impeaching the president,” Paul said. “This was a strong signal to all of us that this was going to be a partisan hearing with a Democrat in the chair, who’s already voted for impeachment.”
Democrats are making this up as they go along.