We need a lot more Republicans with the backbone of Sen. Rand Paul.
Sunday, in a remarkable interview, he pushed back forcefully against George Stephanopoulos’ insistence that he say the 2020 election was “not stolen.” As if any objective person, well-versed in what happened before, during and after Election Day, could say that with certainly.
Tuesday, on the Senate floor, Sen. Paul unloaded on Democrats bent on removing a President from office who is already gone. This speech preceded his point of order to affirm that the planned impeachment trial is unconstitutional, as the impeachment of a private citizen is illegal and “essentially, a bill of attainder.”
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Sen. Paul appeared later Tuesday on FOX NEWS with Maria Bartiromo, who reported that the Senate had voted 55-45 to set aside his point of order. Still, with 45 senators on record saying this trial is unconstitutional, there won’t be a conviction and this is all just extremely divisive political theater.
"If you voted that it was unconstitutional,” Sen. Paul told POLITICO, “how in the world would you ever convict somebody for this? This vote indicates it’s over. The trial is all over.” And in a tweet, Paul said the House impeachment case is “dead on arrival.”
You can see the video of his speech here at POLITICROSSING, which also has a brief biographical piece on Sen. Paul.
The Kentucky senator opens by talking about what this trial will NOT do: “unify” the country. It does just the opposite of what Democrats claim to want to do. “Impeaching a former President, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity,” Paul says. “Unity is the opposite of this travesty we’re about to witness.”
He points out that the appointment of a “pro-impeachment Democrat” to preside is neither fair nor impartial. And he’s right: Sen. Patrick Leahy –- whom I would add has ALREADY SAID he would vote to impeach –- is presiding instead of Chief Justice John Roberts, who opted out. The refusal of Chief Justice Roberts to participate is, in itself, enough to show this proceeding for the unconstitutional sham it is.
[Related news: on Tuesday, it was reported that Sen. Leahy, 80, was “feeling unwell” and taken to the hospital for examination and tests but returned home Tuesday night. No details were given. We pray for him and his family.]
"Hyper-partisan Democrats,” Paul says in his speech, “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.”
Truly, I believe that if you don’t count the Civil War –- which seems to be the only worse time that comes to mind these days –- Paul is right in saying this is the most “uncivil” it’s been.
"It’s almost as if they have no ability to exist except in opposition to Donald Trump.”
Bingo –- and now that he’s gone, they will be aiming their venom at anyone who doesn’t share that opposition. Worse, they’ll feel totally self-righteous and “woke” about it.
Paul does a great job of contrasting Trump’s call for “peacefully and patriotically” making their way to the Capitol Building to some of the genuinely incendiary comments that have been made by Democrats.
"No Democrat will honestly ask whether Bernie Sanders incited the shooter that nearly killed Steve Scalise,” he says. Sen. Paul was there and saw that it easily could have become a massacre. “[The shooter] fervently believed the false and inflammatory rhetoric spewed by Bernie and other Democrats...[about Republicans opposing Obamacare wanting people to die].” Sen. Paul notes that when the shooter pulled the trigger, he screamed, “This is for health care!!”
Sen. Paul also cites Sen. Cory Booker, who called for his supporters to “get up in their face [of members of Congress],” and Rep. Maxine Waters, who told her supporters “that if you see a member of the Trump administration at a restaurant, at a department store, at a gas station, or any place, you create a crowd, and you push back on them.” Paul is right: Such words are a recipe for mob violence, and this type of rhetoric is one big reason why anyone working for Trump was asking for trouble (and still is) just stepping outside without protection. Because of the severity of the threats, my own daughter Sarah was the first White House press secretary ever to need Secret Service protection.
Paul describes the experience he and his wife had as they left a White House rally on foot, being bullied, screamed at and threatened with death “by the same type of mob that Maxine likes to inspire.” He says that when this happened, he wasn’t sure they’d come through it alive “even with the police protection.” (My wife and I were at that event and had a similar frightening experience, although not as dangerous as Sen. Paul’s.)
He reminds them that Republicans have endured this political climate without stooping to impeach Democrats for inciting violence. They haven’t held Democrats responsible for what Antifa and BLM did, even though that has resulted in deaths, many injuries, and over $1 billion dollars in damage from burning and looting. They haven't done it even though “many on the Democrat side cheered them on,” Paul says, with Kamala Harris even offering to pay the bill for those who got arrested.
"I wonder if she’ll be brought up on charges of inciting violence,” Paul said, “now that she’s Vice President.” No, he said, because the Republicans won’t go down that “low road of impeaching people for political speech.”
"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 word ‘fight’ figuratively...and are we going to impeach every politician who has used the word ‘fight’ figuratively in a speech? Shame --- shame on these angry, unhinged partisans for putting on this sham impeachment, deranged by their hatred of the former President. Shame on those who seek blame and revenge, and who choose to pervert a constitutional process while doing so.”
The speech runs just over 9 minutes. It’s a must-see, especially from the 7-minute point on, when he gets into “facts,” “truth” and the censorship of opposing views. This is “a dark blot on the history of our country,” Paul says. “I urge my colleagues to reconsider this kangaroo court and move forward to debate the great issues of our day.” Sen. Paul's words need to be remembered not only for their importance, but as a reflection of this period of mass political hysteria that we pray America can pull out of.
Make no mistake, it is hysteria. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz quipped to Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that “I feel like I’m kind of trapped in GROUNDHOG DAY, where, apparently, every January, we’re gonna be doing another impeachment.”
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02/09/2021 12:44 PM
I do like his tenacity. However Senator Paul and the conservative caucus started the loss of seats in the house and senate by failing to repeal and more importantly, replace the ACA. The American people didn't, it seems, buy into the ideology of his and reality won. No state to state competition, I personally liked blue cross/blue shield of Massachusetts but live in Illinois. Nor did they fix anything regarding the bureaucracy of the medical billing practices and exorbiant pay of some of the healthcare providers uppity ups.
This resulted in a 50/50 senate, the loss of the house in 2018, we did come back some in the house with Republican women, thank God.
02/02/2021 10:19 AM
Thank you Sen Paul!!!!! You show time and time again you are for the people! I am so thankful and proud of you!
02/01/2021 09:41 PM
Good job Rand Paul! Don’t back down. Praying for you! Praying for mike Pence and Donald Trump and the USA!
01/31/2021 09:21 AM
01/28/2021 06:44 PM
Speaking up, having the conversation, putting a viewpoint, keeping prospective IS SAYING so much!!! The art of conversation where ideas, common cense is shared. Allowing others to actually THINK, PONDER and come to rational perspective instead of being Bullied and told. Wow, what a concept.
01/28/2021 06:40 PM
Thank you Rand Paul. Thank you Huckabee.
01/28/2021 11:56 AM
This impeachment is nothing but a sham!! It is a way to distract everyone’s attention away from all the other workings the Democrats are doing behind our backs. The bill US HR1 | 2021-2022 | 117th Congress US Congress House Resolution 1, should have a bright light shining on it for “We The People” to see, and tell your representatives not to vote yea for such a Bill!!
01/28/2021 09:55 AM
So agree with you Governor Huckabee as always. Republicans MUST unite in strength with Senator Paul in calling out the corrupt, delusional Democrats every step of the way. Joe Biden should be impeached for his huge pay to play schemes with foreign adversaries and Kamala should be charged for bailing out anarchists that have destroyed our cities. With their Deep State protection and majority rule in government it will be nearly impossible. Very sad that their is no justice with the privileged elites. Two sets of rules.
01/28/2021 09:46 AM
Thank you so much for giving me encouragement every day as I read your newsletter. Thank you for all that you and Sarah have done for this country and, I'm sure, will continue to do. I love that the Bible verse is at the beginning of your newsletter now. God's Word is the best way to begin, just like seeing that beautiful painting of hope in the sky every morning. I've been praying for you and your loved ones' safety. You and Sarah are true American heroes!
01/28/2021 09:34 AM
I feel so very frustrated and scared for our country. Thank God I have your newsletter to help get through this madness. There are so few I trust anymore. Rand Paul, Jim Jordan, Ted Cruz all seem to be fighting for us. But in typical fashion, most of the GOP retreats to their foxhole. Love him or hate him, you always knew Trump would keep fighting for the country. I can't say that about too many others. Please try to continue to give us hope to survive at least 2 years!! Glenn Beck's rant the other day was spot on but so very sad because he was so on point- when will any of these despicable people be held accountable for anything??? Thank you!!
01/28/2021 08:45 AM
We know the truth about the election even if the thieves don't admit their theft. Knowing the truth will set you free and light shines on the truth!! It will not go away...we will prevail!
01/28/2021 07:20 AM
If what the Democrats want is "civil war", lets give it to them.
God loving faithful patriots must take an offensive posture. Let's launch a campaign to eversirate those who hate America and Israel, for all time. Not through physical strength, but with the strength of the power of prayer through Almighty God.
Will you be a leader or a follower?
01/28/2021 05:48 AM
Yes but the biggest problem is that the Democrats know the Republicans won't impeach so they do whatever they want to....until the Republicans play what's good for the goose is good for the gander then they will continue to impeach at the drop of a hat for any insane reason they can make up...it's no different to any social media where the left report any post that disagrees with their views but the right do the adult thing and ignore but they shouldn't anymore cos it doesn't work...fight fire with fire and do to others what they do unto you :)
Helen M. Bohm
01/28/2021 03:34 AM
Thank our God for Legislators like Senator Paul, we need more of them to speak up. They have courage and strength of conviction. And I thank our God for you, Mike Huckabee, for what you are doing by keeping me and lots of others informed!
Robert and Linda Olds
01/28/2021 03:13 AM
I wonder why President Trump didn't declassify all of these documents sooner?
We know that he's a (nonviolent) fighter, anxious to get the truth out to America.
Why couldn't all of this come out before the first sham impeachment; the evidence could have come in handy.
I guess Congress can't handle the truth.
01/28/2021 12:14 AM
It is so good to see, at least, a few men with some backbone in the government mess. Paul has never been to shy in speaking his mind or standing up for AMerican rights. Hopefully more will be brave enough to speak up and stand with Cruz, Hawley and Paul. The Obiden agenda must be stopped. It just saddens me into depression, that with a stoke of a thoughtless pen, 10,000 jobs can be lost with no replacements. It is one thing to go a different way when you have alternatives to offer but to just take food and shelter from American families for years until replacements might be found is below any words I can think of. May they be rewarded from above for their deeds.
01/27/2021 11:55 PM
Why don't the 45 just walk out (:~0) almost like they did in Animal House. That is the seriousness & respect deserved. Leahyy for judge. Give me a break. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROxvT8KKdFw
01/27/2021 08:44 PM
I'm so glad I subscribed to your newsletter. It's great to see factual information and analysis. Your humor is delightful.
01/27/2021 08:24 PM
The Bible verse first is nice.
I enjoy all the very intelligent britbox detective shows. Means, motive, opportunity. The Capital riots tick all three boxes for the Left/Dems. •Means: Almost a full year of supported and unprotected violence in cities like Portland yields great experience in attacks on gov’t property.
•Motive(s): Sabotaging the Constitutional process of Congresspeople challenging a few states and asking for debate certainly cleaned up that potential set of revelations quickly (avoiding any new knowledge given to fellow debaters) — fence sitters abandoned any and all support for investigation. Instantaneous blame on Trump/GOP and further vilification advanced the hate needed. Militarization of DC totally accepted.
•Opportunity: Big Trump rally. Attach yourself as part of that and just have a field day. No need to even attend the speech. Or break off early and start the assault (NO person who travels that far, goes to all trouble to hear President Trump , leaves before they’ve gotten every last eird he speaks and gets to dance at the end — ditto for me at home)
The 30,000’ foot view is that s riot like that made ZERO sense for President Trump or any supporters.
Leslie ann Lucey
01/27/2021 07:43 PM
I sighned up to your email letter through parler i look forward to it each and every day!yes keep u with the bible verses it is helping me and im sure many many people to not turn away from faith but to hold onto our faith fkr it is our salvation! P.s. l love your daughters personality if i lived in arkansas she would have my vote! GODBLESS the HUCKABEES! ALWAYS!
John William Randt
01/27/2021 06:48 PM
I would call Joe Biden an idiot but i don't want to insult idiot's.
Stanley J Green
01/27/2021 06:43 PM
Thanks for having the courage to continue to report what's really going on! It really is a sad affair when evil can so openly embark on illegal attacks on what few good people we have left fighting for us! Revelations seems to be on track... So, we average Joe's need to be strong of conviction and faith! We can take back our country without violence, but we need to do it!
01/27/2021 06:40 PM
I am speechless! I can’t even begin to let myself imagine what things will be like for our kids and grandkids.
Our government is doing things that I never thought any American would ever witness.
It literally raises my blood pressure, just the thought of it.??
Connie Sue Leraas
01/27/2021 06:30 PM
Beginning to think DC needs reminded that only the States can truthfully change the Constitution. 43 executive orders and he can't find his pen!! Sounds like a grocery list!!
01/27/2021 05:58 PM
Rand Paul’s speech was exactly right, revealing the hatred and twisted views of the left. I only wish other sensible voices would come forward and work this well to reveal their deceitful ways.
As yet, we still do not have any voices except his speaking of the need for a court to hear of voter fraud. This is the unresolved mystery still stuffed away in a political closet!