Paul: If We’re Criminalizing Speech, Hold Dems Accountable

Paul: If We’re Criminalizing Speech, Hold Dems Accountable

February 9, 2021

On this weekend’s Fox News Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul argued that if Democrats are going to claim that former President Trump incited the January 6 violence on Capitol Hill, then the same standard should be applied to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Reps. Maxine Waters, and Ilhan Omar as well.

“I opposed the notion of — which I think was a misguided notion, a voting to overturn the election either with Congress or with the vice president,” Paul said. “But I think if we are going to criminalize speech and somehow impeach everybody who says, ‘Oh, go fight to hear your voices heard,’ really we ought to impeach Chuck Schumer, then. He went to the Supreme Court, stood in front of the Supreme Court, and said specifically, ‘Hey Gorsuch, hey Kavanaugh, you’ve unleashed a whirlwind, and you’re going to pay the price. You won’t know what hit you if you continue with these awful decisions.’

“This inflammatory wording, this violent rhetoric of Chuck Schumer, was so bad that the chief justice, who rarely says anything publicly, immediately said this kind of language is dangerous as a mob tried to invade the Supreme Court,” Paul continued.

“So if people want to hold President Trump accountable for language, there has to be a consistent standard, and to my mind, it’s a partisan farce because they’re not doing anything to Chuck Schumer, not doing anything to Representative Omar, not doing anything to Maxine Waters. It’s just not fair. It’s just partisan politics under a different name.”

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