Rand Paul says convicting Trump would 'destroy' GOP

ジョー・バイデン大統領が水曜日に第46代米国大統領に就任した直後のある時期, 上院は、間もなく前大統領になるドナルド・トランプの弾劾裁判を開始する可能性が高い.

A number of Republican senatorsincluding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentuckyhave signaled they have yet to decide whether Trump deserves to be convicted of incitement regarding the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
But McConnell’s home-state colleague thinks that is a very bad ideaand could lead to the collapse of the Republican Party.
I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week, and I voted against overturning the election,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said in an interview on Fox News Friday night. “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.
Which is a pretty big claim! And if Paul is right, massively raises the stakes for the coming Senate trial and eventual vote to acquit or convict Trump.
Here’s what we know: In order for Trump to be convicted, 67 senatorsa supermajoritywould have to vote that way. Which means that 17 GOP senators in the new Congresswhere Democrats and Republicans each control 50 seatswould have to vote to convict.
At the moment, that looks unlikely, given that no Republican senator has announced that he or she will vote to convict.

But there’s no question that McConnell is the linchpin here. If he votes to convict, he gives broad cover for lots of other wavering Republican senators to do so. And there’s also no question that the Kentucky senator is at least considering the possibility of voting to convict Trump.
I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said in a decidedly leave-the-door-open statement issued shortly after the House impeached Trump last week.
McConnell is faced with a stark political choice. He is clearly fed up with Trump and believes the outgoing President represents a clear and present danger to the future of the GOP. Casting a vote to convict Trumpor being part of a Republican rebellion that led to the President’s convictionwould allow McConnell a very clean break with the 45th president.
On the other hand, Paul isn’t wrong about the impact such a vote might have within the GOP. It would almost certainly further splinter the Republican Party between the so-calledestablishmentand the Trump wing.
And that sort of fracture would make it very difficult for Republicans to win national elections or take back the House and Senate majorities.
ポイント: The fight for what the post-Trump Republican Party looks and acts like is on. The coming Senate trial will be the first major battle in the broader war.

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