Marco Rubio likens Donald Trump impeachment trial to pouring gasoline onto a fire
Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio
Bad for America? Rubio frets about new Trump trial.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio contends that trying former President Donald Trump for impeachment would be like pouring gasoline onto a fire.

“The first chance I get to vote to end this trial, I’ll do it,” Florida’s senior Senator vowed on Fox News Sunday, “because I think it’s bad for America.”

Rubio argued that Trump “bears some responsibility” for the violence inflicted by his supporters on Jan. 6, but that a Senate trial would “stir it up even more.”

Calling the trial “stupid” and “counterproductive,” Rubio warned that “we already have a flaming fire in this country, and this trial is like taking gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire.”

As he has previously, Rubio contended that Trump “bears responsibility for some of what happened,” describing the mayhem that derailed the election certification as “most certainly a foreseeable consequence” of the President’s vivid rhetoric calling on his supporters to march on the Capitol.

“That’s widely understood and better understood with time,” the Senator allowed, “but it’s different than the notion of let’s revisit it all and stir it up again.”

Rubio went on to warn that “we’re going to jump right back into what we’ve been doing for the last five years and stirring it up again with a trial.”

“It’s going to stir it up even more and make it harder to get things done going forward,” he said, predicting that a Senate trial would fuel the political divisions that “turned us into a country of people who hate each other.”

The Senator, not for the first time, invoked the healing balm of the presidential pardon of Richard Nixon after his resignation, noting that the pardon “allowed the country to move forward” and adding that “history held Nixon quite accountable.”

With Rubio possibly facing a primary challenge from the former President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, he will be walking a fine line for at least the next year — between mollifying the base and functioning as a Senator. Expect continued national scrutiny on his every word, especially related to the final dispensation of Trump’s tenure in Washington.

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]


6 comments

  • Palmer Tom

    January 24, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    his vote was never in doubt. Nice stenography.

  • Frankie M.

    January 24, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    How is it flammable again ? Trump is yesterday’s news. Rubio’s full of shite.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 25, 2021 at 5:09 am

    Lordy little Marco have you no shame?

  • DisplacedCTYankee

    January 25, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Praise Jeezus that we have Lil Marco making a fool of himself on national TV to remind people nationwide that Floriduh is still well in the running for Stupidest State.

  • PeterH

    January 25, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Trumpsters want another four years of declining foreign investment in the USA.

    FOREIGN COMPANIES ARE ABANDONING INVESTING IN THE USA BECAUSE OF TRUMP!

    Direct investment in the US by foreign companies plummeted 49% to $134 billion last year, according to a report released Sunday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. By contrast, foreign direct investment in China grew by 4% to $163 billion in 2020.

    After hitting a high of $440 billion in 2015, according to the US Commerce Department, foreign investment in the US has been on a sharp downward slide. Former President Donald Trump’s go-it-alone trade policies hurt foreign investment — particularly from China, which represented the sharpest drop in US investment over the past several years. Growing economic uncertainty around the globe also contributed to the decline.

    So much for Trump making America great again. Investments in the USA started their downward spiral the second he announced his run for office.

  • Gerard Behlen

    February 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I agree with Sen “Little” Marco Rubio,there is a fire. Though after is put out, I’d like the arsonist, “tiny hands”, prosecuted.

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