Uh Oh… Dem Impeachment Manager Tried to Block Electoral College Votes in 2016
Isn’t that called hypocrisy? ~Rand Paul
On Wednesday, as the second day of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial began, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) noted that Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the Democrats’ lead impeachment manager in the Senate trial, himself fought against the certification of the Electoral College vote in the 2016 election. Democrats have impeached Trump for “incitement of insurrection” in part because Trump encouraged Republicans to contest the electoral certification on January 6 before the Capitol riot. Raskin himself has argued that Trump’s “Big Lie” of 2020 election fraud incited the violence.
“So, it’s ok for Dem Jamie Raskin to try to ‘overturn’ Trump electors but it’s incitement to violence when Trump urged Congress to ‘overturn’ Biden electors? Isn’t that called hypocrisy?” Paul tweeted, with a link to a RealClearPolitics story about Raskin’s antics in 2016.
Paul argued that Democrats had named “Raskin to lead impeachment of Trump for advocating for the same thing Raskin did in 2016.”
Then the senator quoted Raskin’s argument, noting that it arguably applies to Raskin’s own actions in 2016.
“Rep Raskin says Trump promoted the ‘big lie’ that the election was stolen but didn’t Raskin promote the ‘big lie’ that Trump stole the election in 2016? Wasn’t it Jamie Raskin who ‘incited violence’ by objecting to Trump electors?” Paul asked.
As Tim Harris reported for RealClearPolitics, Raskin rose in a futile attempt to block the certification of Electoral College votes in January 2016. Then-Vice President Joe Biden shot down his objection.
Header (edited) featured image credit: U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
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