As Democrats push forward with requests for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, one of the president’s staunchest allies is calling their bluff.
That ally is Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
“Ever since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have been on a mission to reverse those results, even though it’s meant dragging the country through one desperate witch hunt after another,” Paul wrote.
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He made his comments in an exclusive op-ed for Breitbart.
See the tweet below on this point.
Sen. @RandPaul: "Ever since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 presidential election, Democrats have been on a mission to reverse those results, even though it’s meant dragging the country through one desperate witch hunt after another." https://t.co/BBGVNhrqPn
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) September 25, 2019
While some might consider “witch hunt” to be strong language for the campaign against the president, it’s a characterization of Democrats’ tactics that Trump uses himself.
Trump even said on Tuesday it was “greatest witch hunt in American history.”
Paul mocked Democrats for taking the impeachment path even though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or anyone had not heard the actual phone call between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the transcript of which was released by the White House on Wednesday.
Democrats believe Trump decided to withhold U.S. dollars from Ukraine because they refused to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Both Trump and Ukraine’s president deny this.
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Wrote Sen. Paul, “I’ve heard the president both in private and repeatedly in public call for European countries to pay their fair share for NATO and for the defense of Ukraine … Having the U.S. pay less and our allies pay more has been a consistent theme of the president’s since he ran for office, and it should surprise no one that he hit on the need for Europe to play a larger role once again in the transcript he indeed released this morning.”
“What the transcript confirms he did not do on the call, and what much of the controversy has been about, was condition U.S. aid on Ukraine investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter,” Paul noted.
Then the senator really let the Democrats have it.
“If the Democrats want to argue the threat is implied, well, they may want to check the stability of the moral high ground they claim to be standing on, as Democrats are guilty of the exact same behavior they want to impeach the president for,” he said.
Democrats can’t just make up whatever narrative suits their purposes in the moment — and not expect the same absurd standard to not be applied to them.
But Paul understands this is just the beginning for all those Dems aching for impeachment.
Facts have nothing to do with it.
— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) March 26, 2019
“The transcript will not be enough,” Paul wrote. “The full whistleblower complaint, which I support Congress receiving, will not be enough.”
“Testimony from the whistleblower — even if every single employee of the national security state testified in front of Congress on any topic — would not be enough,” he added.
“If there’s nothing to be found here, Democrats will simply try to find something else or return to old accusations.”
“The hatred for the Trump presidency runs deep on the Left, and hate is consuming,” Paul concluded.
“It’s consuming Congress’ energy and time and the American people’s patience, for starters, and it’s time for the games to stop.”
The games should stop.
Unfortunately, they’ve only just begun, as we see it.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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