Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) calls the impeachment charge handed over by the House of Representatives ‘dead on arrival’ after forty-five Senate Republicans voted in-favor of saying the charge against Donald Trump was “unconstitutional.”
Paul’s motion was struck down, but it means Trump will likely not be convicted by the U.S. Senate in his second impeachment trial. The Democrats need 17 Republicans to sway for a conviction with a two-third supermajority required.
“If you voted that it was unconstitutional then how in the world would you ever hope to convict somebody for this?” Paul asked his colleagues on Tuesday. “Forty-five of us, almost the entire caucus, 95% of the caucus, voted that the whole proceeding was unconstitutional. This is a big victory for us. Democrats can beat this partisan horse as long as they want– this vote indicates it’s over, the trial is all over.”
Paul went on to say none of the Republicans in congress called for the impeachment of Democrats after a gunman opened fire on members of congress at a baseball field, or faced any backlash from “Antifa or Black Lives Matter” protesters that caused destruction in U.S. cities last summer. Paul also referenced his family has been targeted and felt those who make up the Democratic played a part in those acts.
Former N.C. Governor Pat McCrory could relate to Paul’s troubles. After hearing the comments by the Kentucky Senator, he shared his thoughts about the violence against lawmakers.
“I tell you, that hit me personally,” McCrory said. “I just happened to cut on C-SPAN and when he said he and his wife were attacked, and they felt threatened, and it was tough to deal with– I could relate to that. Because I’ve been surrounded by these people who verbally assault you, and sometimes physically assault you and threaten you and it’s so disconcerting. I’ll be honest, it scares the hell out of me.”
Listen to Pat McCrory’s thoughts on the impeachment of Trump below.