The further the nation moves away from the January 6th riots, the less political will there is to interrupt President Joe Biden’s agenda to refocus the nation on Donald Trump, who no longer holds public office.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) went so far as to declare that the impeachment process is a “farce” that should be “dismissed” in an op-ed published on Sunday morning.
Sham impeachment 2.0
Paul has been ramping up his arguments against the planned second impeachment of Donald Trump since last week, pointing out that impeachment is meant for sitting presidents and the trial must be presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Trump’s second impeachment will likely meet neither requirement, Paul argued in the op-ed published by The Hill.
“The Constitution says two things about impeachment,” Paul wrote. “It is a tool to remove the office holder, and it must be presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.”
Rumors that Chief Justice John Roberts wants nothing to do with the impending impeachment trial have grown for some weeks, and Paul explained that “If Justice Roberts is not presiding over this, then it is not impeachment. This charade will be nothing more than bitter partisanship and political theater.”
Though Roberts’ office has remained mum on the issue, Paul told Fox’s Sean Hannity on Friday that “the story is that the chief justice is not going to be asked, but the reason he’s not going to be asked is he’s privately said he’s not supposed to come unless it’s an impeachment of the president.”
“So, this is an illegitimate procedure,” he continued. “And even the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who’s not a rabid Trump person, who’s actually, if anything, sort of in the middle, he is now saying this is illegitimate because I’m not getting in the middle of this and I’m not coming over for this.”
Showing their hand
Paul argued that politicians that give speeches telling their supporters to “fight to take back your country” can’t be held responsible for ensuring violence, pointing out examples in which Democrats could be accused of being guilty of similarly serious charges as President Trump.
“If we are to blame politicians for the most violent acts of their craziest supporters, then many of my colleagues would face some pretty harsh charges themselves,” Paul noted. “I’ve been shot at, assaulted and harassed by supporters of the left, including some who directly said the words of politicians moved them to this violence.”
I was there at the ball field when a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter almost killed Steve Scalise and seriously wounded several others. At the time, Democrats were arguing that the GOP plan for health care was “you get sick, then they let you die.” Is it any wonder an insane left-wing gunman took that rhetoric to heart and concluded: “If the GOP is going to let me die then maybe I’ll just kill them first”?
As the nation looks to Joe Biden to fulfill his promises of “unity” and “reconciliation,” Paul noted that he’s willing to “work with Democrats to find common ground” on issues such as civil liberties, but that “no unity or common ground will be found while Democrats continue to fight the last election. This so-called impeachment is a farce and should be dismissed before it is even allowed to begin.”