(Liberty Bell) – The Senate’s resident libertarian-leaning Republican, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), is warning that one third of the party is set to leave if the upper chamber goes along with the push to impeach President Donald Trump after he’s left office.
If they go forward with it, he says, it will “destroy the party.”
The January 6th violence at Capitol Hill at the hands of both pro-Trump and far-left protesters has been hyped up to the point of the entire pro-Trump camp being slandered as insurrectionists and traitors.
The manner in which dozens of Republican lawmakers have fiercely turned against Trump in spite of his calling for peaceful protest and condemning the violence immediately after it happened has disgusted those who still firmly support the president.
This could turn out to be highly politically disadvantageous for the GOP, Rand warned Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” when he was asked by host Laura Ingraham about whether or not the Senate may hold a trial after Trump has already left office.
“They will destroy the Republican Party,” Paul said. “If leadership is complicit with an impeachment, or if leadership votes for impeachment, they will destroy the party. And like I said, I opposed President Trump when he was wrong and for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency and impeachment is purely a partisan thing.”
Paul firmly denounced the professed moral outrage coming from those who have turned against Trump and derided the clearly political move that is the second attempted impeachment.
“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” he said “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”
He explained that regardless of how one feels about the electoral college, the party won’t survive booting out someone with so many enthusiastic and loyal supporters.
“This isn’t about whether this was a right or wrong debate, this is not about anymore the electoral college,” he continued. “It’s about the future of the party and whether you are going to ostracize, excommunicate President Trump from the party — well, guess what, millions of his fans will leave as well.”
Ingraham astutely pointed out that, to Trump voters, such an excommunication would take a decidedly personal note.
“American voters who supported President Trump will feel that they have been impeached and called a white supremacist too,” she noted.
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