‘Get some unity going’: Rick Scott says impeachment won’t bring America together

Rick Scott
Scott wants to 'lower the rhetoric'

Sen. Rick Scott argues this week that impeaching President Donald Trump is a generally bad idea if the goal going forward is national unity.

The Senator, who was one of just a few Senate Republicans to vote against certifying all electoral slates last week, seems to be leading with calming rhetoric this week as he attempts to counter that controversy, suggesting that impeachment isn’t in the national interest.

He offered a tweet Monday afternoon in which he said impeachment of the President wouldn’t “help American families or bring our country together.”

That tweet promoted an appearance on the Fox News Channel Monday morning, in which Scott cautioned against a House impeachment of Trump and for a moderation of rhetoric and “vendettas” by Democrats,

“I’m not going to do what the Democrats are doing. I think we need to lower the rhetoric. We need to get some unity going,” Scott told “Fox and Friends” hosts Steve DoocyAinsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade.

Democrats, Scott added, “need to think about what they want to accomplish rather than having a vendetta against Donald Trump.”

Even a delayed impeachment trial in the Senate, Scott said, would just “continue to focus on the Democrats’ agenda to hurt the past.”

“Joe Biden’s not going to get anything done if he continues on this path,” Scott predicted. “And neither will the Democrats.”

“All these vendettas against the past: it makes no sense,” Scott said. “This should be a time of unity, of hope for the future. That’s not what they’re doing.”

“Who knows what their plan is? But if their plan is to accomplish something, this is the opposite. If their plan is to reduce rhetoric, which we have to do, this is the opposite,” Scott said.

Scott, in his capacity as incoming head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, released a video in which he noted that he needed to raise a “gazillion dollars” and that he respected donors. The two-minute long clip contained zero mention of either President Trump or the seeming inevitable post-insurrection impeachment.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


17 comments

  • Ocean Joe

    January 11, 2021 at 9:19 am

    The cabinet of yes men will never remove him. Impeachment is the only alternative. Otherwise, the assault on our actual government at a moment when it was in the process of recording the electoral college votes, not to mention the death of 5 people and vandalism of the capitol building goes unpunished.

    Trump made cannon fodder of his “special” supporters. He shared a stage with Lin Wood, who openly directed the crowd to go after Mike Pence. Mike Pence! And he stood there in his John Gotti overcoat openly urging folks to fight for him. Him. Not America, him. It has always been about him. He needs to go, and Mr. Scott should go with him.

    Will it divide the country? The folks who engineered this mob now think an impeachment vote will be divisive? The senate will never confirm it anyway. Do it. It will be a symbolic response but maybe that guy walking through our Capitol with a confederate flag and others like him will get the point.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 11, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Nazi Rick stfu! Nazi Rick you have blood of 5 Americans on your hands! We have over 370000 Americans dead! You Nazi Rick are just another white rich man of the goptrump death cult! Get out nazi rick! Take Rutherford with you!

  • Glenn Reihing

    January 11, 2021 at 10:24 am

    PSA: The article is about a well-known, corrupt politician.

    Sen Scott would like you to forget about the attempt to burn your house down. He believes that by ignoring what the arsonist did, you can heal.

    Sen. Scott believes that by blaming the arsonist, the Democrats are just dredging up past inequities while they look out through the broken windows that the arsonist broke.

    Sen Scott wants you to forget that while the arsonist lit the fuse, he and others like him (Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, etc.) were complicit in the spreading of disinformation that acted as gasoline to this fire.

    Any and all Republican leaders that aided and abetted this arsonist should be expelled from Congress. It is up to us, the citizens to speak loudly, forcefully, and often until our demands are met that these people are NEVER put in a position of power again.

  • Bbbhhh

    January 11, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Scott you’re a 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

  • Walter Lan

    January 11, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    STFU Rick Scott, you speak of the country healing when you objected to the certification and one of the Senators that was responsible for tearing the country apart more than what Trump has done. You got blood on your hands because you are one of the terrorist that help with the Capitol riots. Unfortunately one of your constituents

  • Booner

    January 11, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    I can’t wait for the day when Sen. Scott is thrown under the bus by the extremist mobs he has incited with his months-long denunciation of Biden victory. Where will he hide on Jan. 20?

    Every voter in Florida will remember Scott’s voting to overturn the election after the Capitol riot. Insurrectionist, seditionist, snake oil stooge, tonedeaf, ODIOUS grifter, unfit for office.

  • Valerie Sprieser

    January 11, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    Scott is a traitor to democracy!
    He voted to disenfranchised millions of American votes!
    He should be removed from office for sedition and NEVER
    Be able to run for political office in this country ever again!

    SHAME! SHAME! 😡😠

  • Susan Hubbard’

    January 11, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Actions carry consequences

  • Charles Fink

    January 11, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Rick Scott there is a prison space waiting for people who steal public funds and are liars about the election.

  • Sandra Hull-Richardson

    January 11, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Out next step is to REMOVE RICK SCOTT. Another wealthy, privileged,out if touch with reality Senator.

  • Denise Magiotti

    January 11, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Rick Scott, you don’t have a leg to stand on. This is where we draw the line. Maybe you think a crime should just be stuffed under the rug because that’s how you roll. You go find Unity, Trump is getting impeached!

  • Meredith Shaw

    January 11, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    And what would Senator Scott know about unity? He is one of the few Senators that voted for the Objections on Wednesday. Majority Leader McConnell, in a speech surprising in its clarity and openness, begged his republican senators to not challenge the validity of a perfectly valid election. If Scott had wanted unity, he would have listened to the words of his majority leader. He voted for the Objection to Certification after McConnells words, after the breach, after the shooting of the rioter, after the brutalizing of police officers. Either he is a totally tone-deaf fascist, or he’s just SLOW, SLOW, SLOW in the old fashioned sense. Couldn’t quite figure out what was going on RIck?? Trump not there to tell you what to do?

    Scott rambles on like we are chatting about political differences, tax rates, by how much he should cut social security. We are NOT talking political differences. We are talking about a President who much be impeached because he is responsible for an attempted COUP and the death of 5 people. Fortunately, business and people understand, and Scott is now on the “NO POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS” list of many major corporations. Will serve him well in his new capacity…NOT. Unity, c’mon Rick. There can be no unity without justice.

  • Palmer Tom

    January 11, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    You first

  • Tammy

    January 11, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Hey Rick, btw how is Pence after his boss almost got him killed? That’s some kind of unity.

  • RJH

    January 12, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Where was Rick Scott’s sense of “unity” after a mob incited by Trump stormed the Capitol? Scott then proceeded to vote against accepting the certified electoral votes from the state of Pennsylvania.

  • PeterH

    January 12, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Unity after accountability Rick! You’re a Trump boot licker and must pay the price for your collusion with sedition.

    Resign and then we talk about unity.

  • Brigid Nawrocki

    January 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    You can’t fix stupid. When did he speak out when tRump was dividing the country. I bet he’s sing a different tune if big money took their support away from this sniveling backbone less idiot.

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