By: Amy Jo Underwood
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has warned that a third of the Republican voters will leave the party if GOP senators vote to convict Trump in impeachment proceedings. A sharp divide exists among Republicans concerning Trump and impeachment proceedings, with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hoping to remove Trump from the GOP entirely.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) stated that the Trump impeachment proceedings have potential to destroy the Republican Party. Paul spoke to Laura Ingraham on Fox, and stated that he did not support the objections to the certification of the electoral college, and disagreed with attempts to overturn the election, but “the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion, [and] if Republicans go along with it, it’ll destroy the party.”
The New York Times reports that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hopes to gain allies and oust Trump out of the Republican Party for good. McConnell will need the support of sixteen other Republican senators. McConnell and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are in the process of finalizing the impeachment rules, and plan to file the writ of summons on January 28th. The trial will begin in mid-February, and will be the first time a president has been impeached post-administration.
As of now, former President Trump maintains a 60% approval rating among Republican voters, according to a poll by ABC and the Washington Post.
“A third of the Republicans will leave the party. This isn’t about, anymore, the Electoral College, this is about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.” - Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)