Rand Paul Warns Republican Party of 'Mass Exodus' if GOP Supports Trump Impeachment
Kentucky Republican warned the GOP could lose one-third of its party
Republican Sen. Rand Paul warned GOP lawmakers that supporting President Donald Trump's impeachment will lead to a mass exodus of supporters from the party.
Paul said if there are enough Republican senators supporting impeachment to remove Trump from office, the party would be destroyed.
"I don't often get ask my advice from leadership how they should react," Paul said.
"My unsolicited suggestion would be this: they will destroy the Republican Party if leadership is complicit with an impeachment or leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party," Paul added.
The Kentucky Republican warned the GOP could lose one-third of its party.
"Impeachment is purely a partisan thing."
"It's for these moral, 'Oh I'm so much better than you, and you're a bad person because I'm so moral' — It's for these kind of people to do this," Paul said.
"I didn't agree with the fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election."
"But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. But if Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party — a third of the Republicans will leave the party."
"This isn't anymore about the Electoral College," Paul added.
"It's about the future of the party and whether you're going to ostracize and ex-communicate President Trump from the party," Paul continued.
"Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well."
Last week, the House voted to impeach Trump for the second time, approving articles against the president for "incitement of insurrection."
Trump also weighed in on the impeachment push, calling it a “continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics.”
The president made the remarks as he left the White House for a border wall ceremony in Alamo, Texas.
Trump called the possibility of impeachment “absolutely ridiculous,” adding that he thinks “it’s causing tremendous anger.”
The president elaborated on his speech before the Capitol Hill riot.
“If you look at what other people have said, politicians at a high level, about the riots during the summer, the horrible riots in Portland and Seattle and various other places."
"That was a real problem, what they said,” he stated.
“But they’ve analyzed my speech, and my words and my final paragraph, my final sentence, and everybody to a thought it was totally appropriate.”