Appearing in an interview on Fox News Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio said that he would vote to dismiss the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump, arguing that the upcoming Senate trial is “stupid.”
“First of all, I think the trial is stupid,” Rubio said dismissively. “We already have a flaming fire in this country,” he added, saying the trial would be “pouring gasoline.”
“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial I’ll do it,” the Florida senator told Fox News’s Chris Wallace before suggesting that a pardon of Trump would be “good for the country.”
Wallace pointed out that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has condemned Trump for his responsibility in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“Is Sen. McConnell wrong, sir?” Wallace wondered.
“I think the president bears responsibility for some of what happened,” Rubio admitted. “It was most certainly a foreseeable consequence of everything that was going on and I think that’s widely understood and maybe even better understood with the perspective of time. I think that’s separate from the notion of let’s revisit this all and stir it up again.”
“All I’m arguing is we have some really important things to work on,” he continued. “You want to kind of really bring the country together and remember once again how we can get things done. It isn’t by uniformity on all the issues, it’s about working through a process that allows people with different points of view to debate all that and get to a solution for the country.”
Rubio insisted that it is time to move on from the last five years instead of “stirring it up again with a trial.”
“And it’s just going to be bad for the country,” he added. “It really is.”
He went on to say the House “doesn’t have much of a record of witnesses because they rammed it through very quickly … I think this is going to be very bad for the country.”
Watch a portion of the video below from Fox News.
Marco Rubio acknowledges Trump "bears responsibility" for the Capitol insurrection, but insists holding him accountable with an impeachment trial is the wrong move because it'll "stir up" the country again pic.twitter.com/egtvNAgrS8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2021