Although President Joe Biden has repeatedly called for “unity,” he has undermined his own call by supporting the divisive impeachment of now-private citizen Donald Trump on a charge of allegedly inciting a crowd to insurrection in his rally speech on Jan. 6.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) exposed the hypocrisy of the impeachment calls by highlighting previous “inciteful” speech from Democrats while arguing that the unconstitutional and vindictive impeachment of a former president is the opposite of the “unity” Democrats claim they want, Breitbart reported.
“This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country,” Paul said in a speech on the Senate floor. “Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president — a private citizen — is the antithesis of unity.”
Paul noted that the presiding officer over Trump’s impeachment trial would be Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), a top-ranked Democrat and Senate Pro Tempore, who is “not fair or impartial, and hardly encourages any kind of unity in our country. No, ‘unity’ is the opposite of this travesty we are about to witness.”
“Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country down into the gutter of rancor and vitriol the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history,” Paul continued. “Instead of doing the nation’s work, with their new majorities in the House, the Senate, and the executive branch, Democrats are wasting the nation’s time on a partisan vendetta against a man no longer in office.”
Noting that Trump was being impeached for what he said at a rally prior to the riot at the Capitol, Paul listed off several examples of remarks from Democrats that had led to violence and unrest from supporters. That included the assassination attempt against Paul and other Republicans — including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), who nearly died when a violent supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) opened fire on the lawmakers with a rifle.
“No Democrat will honestly ask whether Bernie Sanders incited the shooter that nearly killed Steve Scalise and a volunteer coach,” Paul said. He proceeded to point out similar statements that led to violence by the likes of Democrats like Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), again noting that no other Democrat had condemned the inflammatory remarks or accused them of incitement — nor had Republicans tried to impeach them.
The senator also shared his own terrifying experience when he and his wife were surrounded, harassed and chased by a mob in Washington, D.C., incited by Democratic rhetoric against Republicans, but again noted that there had been no calls for impeachment over the incitement that led to that incident.
Typical rally rhetoric
“I want the Democrats to raise their hands if they have ever given a speech that says ‘Take back,’ ‘Fight for your country.’ Who hasn’t used the words ‘fight’ figuratively, and are we going to put every politician in jail, or are we going to impeach every politician who has used the words ‘fight’ figuratively in a speech?” Paul asked.
“Shame. Shame on these angry, unhinged partisans who are putting forth this sham impeachment, deranged by their hatred of the former president,” he added. “Shame on those who seek blame and revenge, and who choose to pervert a constitutional process while doing so.”
Sen. @RandPaul: “This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to further divide the country. Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity.” pic.twitter.com/W8SHXO2URn
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 26, 2021
Following Paul’s speech, there was a vote on a motion to dismiss the impeachment as unconstitutional, which failed by a vote of 55-45, Politico reported. Given the fact that Democrats need 17 Republicans to cross the aisle for a conviction, and only five voted in support of the trial being constitutional, Paul concluded that “This vote indicates it’s over. The trial is all over,” and is, for all intents and purposes, “dead on arrival.”