If Democrats applied their own standards on impeachment to members of their own party, there would be quite a few more removal proceedings going on in Washington right now.
At least, that’s the position of Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who flipped the impeachment script on Democrats on Sunday when he said that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Reps. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have all said things that would be considered incitement if they faced the same scrutiny being applied to former President Donald Trump.
Trump was impeached by the House last month over allegations that he incited what Democrats have dubbed an “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol, and his trial in the Senate is set to begin this week, reports note.
“You won’t know what hit you”
Sen. Paul, for his part, said Sunday that while he didn’t agree with his colleagues who opted to vote against the certification of the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6 — the same day a group of then-President Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol, prompting Dems’ impeachment push — he continues to support their right to express their beliefs without fear of retribution by the opposite party. Sadly, Democrats don’t seem to be on the same page.
“I opposed the notion of — which I think was a misguided notion — of voting to overturn the election either with Congress or with the vice president,” Paul said on the latest episode of Fox News Sunday, according to Breitbart.
“But I think if we are going to criminalize speech and somehow impeach everybody who says, oh, go fight to hear your voices heard, really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer then,” he added. “He went to the Supreme Court, stood in front of the Supreme Court, and said specifically, hey [Justice Neil] Gorsuch, hey [Brett] Kavanaugh, you’ve unleashed a whirlwind, and you’re going to pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you continue with these awful decisions.”
“It’s just partisan politics”
Paul went on to point out that Chief Justice John Roberts even rebuked Schumer for his “inflammatory” comments and likened them to an invading “mob.”
“So if people want to hold President Trump accountable for language, there has to be a consistent standard, and to my mind, it’s a partisan farce because they’re not doing anything to Chuck Schumer, not doing anything to Representative Omar, not doing anything to Maxine Waters. It’s just not fair,” Paul insisted, according to Breitbart. “It’s just partisan politics under a different name.”
Waters admitted in September 2018 that she threatens Trump supporters “all the time,” as The Hill reported, but she never faced any consequences for it. Omar, meanwhile, has repeatedly been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, and some Republicans recently tried to get her removed from her committee assignments after Democrats did the same to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) for comments she made that they said were hateful and dangerous, according to USA Today.
The courage to speak
Paul’s comments serve two useful purposes in the current political climate: First, they point out the inconsistency, unfairness, and hypocrisy of Democrats as they go after their political opponents and try to demonize and destroy them.
Second, they show that Republicans have the backbone to stand up for themselves and not let Democrats get away with their attempts to destroy Republicans unfairly.
Both are important and much-needed right now. Keep talking, Rand Paul.