Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul went on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace to discuss the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Paul began the discussion by arguing the trial was unconstitutional, which Wallace objected to. The Fox anchor pointed out that any federal officeholder facing impeachment and conviction could resign at the last minute in order to avoid being banned from holding public office in the future. Paul also argued that as a private citizen, Trump can face personal repercussions but impeachment ought to be off the table. These two things are not mutually exclusive, since Trump can both be convicted by the Senate and at the same time, face consequences criminally or in the eyes of the public.
Rand Paul gave other pathetic excuses as to why the Senate should not hold a trial against former President Trump. One of them was because Trump’s approval rating plummeted after the insurrection and so he has suffered enough. That’s like saying someone shouldn’t be put in jail for robbing a bank if they first lose their job and friends over it. Paul pretended for years to be a constitutional scholar and originalist, but it turns out he’s just another Trump brown-noser like most of the other Republicans in Washington DC.
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