Remember back in the olden days of the WWE when Hulk Hogan would “Hulk Up” right before destroying his opponent? That’s what Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) did to Democrats on the Senate floor while voicing his objection to the sham impeachment trial that the left is pushing on the nation.
Sen. Paul ripped Democratic lawmakers a new one on Tuesday during a hearing to determine whether an impeachment trial is constitutional. The senator demonstrated the exact reasons why the Democrats’ attempt to impeach former President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the assault on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 is a foolish endeavor that will inevitably backfire on the left.
The trial is scheduled to start on Feb. 9, but senators were set to be sworn in for the hearings on Tuesday. It was at this point that Sen. Paul raised his objection to the proceedings, arguing that there is no constitutional basis for the impeachment and removal of a former president. It was at this time that he hulked up and gave the Democrats a Hulk Hoganesque smackdown of epic proportions.
If you’re not sure what I mean when I say “Hulk up,” this video will show you:
When it was his turn to speak, Paul gave a blistering speech, denouncing Democrats for dragging the nation through yet another unfounded and politically-motivated impeachment drama. He started by delivering a brutal verbal clothesline, “Democrats claim to want to unify the country, but impeaching a former president, a private citizen, is the antithesis of unity. This impeachment is nothing more than a partisan exercise designed to divide the country further.”
“This sham of an impeachment will ostensibly ask whether Trump incited the reprehensible violence of Jan. 6., when he said, ‘I know everyone here will soon march to the Capitol to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.’ Peacefully and patriotically. Those are hardly words of violence,” Paul said.
Sen. Rand Paul:
"No Democrat will honestly ask whether Bernie Sanders incited the shooter that nearly killed Steve Scalise."
"No Democrat will ask whether Maxine Waters incited violence when she literally told her supporters" to confront Trump officials in public. pic.twitter.com/ytDKsscxgh
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 26, 2021
The senator continued, delivering a devastating suplex when he recalled rhetoric employed by various Democratic lawmakers that was far more incendiary than Trump’s. He said:
But what of Democrat words? What of Democrat incitement to violence? No Democrat will honestly ask whether Bernie Sanders incited the shooter that nearly killed Steve Scalise and volunteer coach. The shooter nearly pulled off a massacre. I was there because he fervently believed the false and inflammatory rhetoric spewed by Bernie and other Democrats, such as “the Republican health care plan for the uninsured is that you die.”
As this avowed Bernie supporter shot Steve Scalise, nearly killing him and shot one of our coaches and two or three of our staff, he screamed: “This is for health care.”
But Sen. Paul didn’t stop there. He nailed the Democrats with a flying dropkick as he recounted Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) encouragement to swarm Republican officials in public. He continued:
My wife and I were pushed and surrounded and screamed at by this same type of mob that Maxine likes to inspire. It’s terrifying to have a swarm of people threatening to kill you, cursing at you and literally holding you hostage until police come to your rescue. That night we were assaulted by the crowd
I wasn’t sure if we’d survive even with the police protection, but no Democrat has ever considered impeaching Maxine for her violent rhetoric.
“Republicans, to our credit, have never once thought it legitimate to formally censor or impeach these Democrats. No Republican has sought to use the government to hold these Democrats responsible for Antifa and Black Lives Matter of violence that has consumed our cities all summer, resulting in over a billion dollars of destruction, looting and property damage,” he added.
Sen. Paul listed off several other examples of Democrats engaging in rhetoric that could easily be construed as inciteful, pointing out how nobody attempted to cynically used their words to cast blame for acts of violence committed by people who agree with their politics. But the real smackdown was revealed in the result of the vote.
The Washington Post noted that “To convict Trump, it would require 67 members of the 100-member body. If convicted, Trump could be barred from holding future office with a subsequent majority vote. Paul sought to muster at least 34 votes to signal there are enough senators with constitutional misgivings to secure an acquittal.”
In the end, 45 senators voted to support Paul’s assertion that impeaching Trump after he is out of office is unconstitutional. In a tweet later in the day, Paul delivered the legdrop and the 1, 2, 3 pinfall and secured the victory.
Paul’s objective was not to prevent impeachment proceedings from occurring. Instead, it was to deliver a message: This whole farce is dead on arrival regardless of the trial.
The Senate just voted on my constitutional point of order.
45 Senators agreed that this sham of a “trial” is unconstitutional.
That is more than will be needed to acquit and to eventually end this partisan impeachment process.
This “trial” is dead on arrival in the Senate.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 26, 2021
Of course, the eventual outcome of the proceedings is not difficult to predict. The attempt was always doomed to failure. But the Democrats wanted another chance to virtue signal and scream “Orange Man Bad” in front of the cameras. Still, it’s worth remembering that it is their tendency to overstep that will prove their undoing in the 2022 midterm elections. One can only hope that it was worth it.