Rick Scott: The ‘videos were horrible,’ but Trump impeachment trial is a ‘charade’

Rick Scott Senate fox
On Jan. 6, the Senator didn't fear for his life.

Florida’s junior Senator says that while the videos of the Capitol riots on Jan. 6 were “horrible” and that President Donald Trump should have “said something sooner,” he’s still a no-go on an impeachment trial he sees as an unconstitutional charade.

Sen. Rick Scott, on Thursday’s episode of the Hugh Hewitt radio program, acknowledged the weight of the documentary evidence that critics contend he has ignored during the trial.

“The videos were horrible,” Scott said, “And the people who did this need to be prosecuted.”

But the need for justice, Scott contended, does not obscure his central objection to a process he calls a “horrible precedent,” “pure political theater” and a “backward looking waste of time.”

“Democrats are just obsessed with Trump,” Scott said. “Trump is not in office.”

The Senator then posed a provocative question: “Why are the Democrats focused on the past rather than the future?”

Scott believes the Republican caucus will hold to its seeming commitment to not convict the President.

“Nobody’s told me that they’ve changed their mind,” Scott said, and that quote is worth filing away.

To convict Trump, 17 Republicans will have to vote to do so. Scott doesn’t think the numbers are even close.

But the Senator, despite not being willing to move on this vote, projected emotion when talking about the events of the day.

“It’s just disgusting that people would come into the Capitol. Some of the things these people said, it’s just absolutely disgusting. I’m disappointed that President Trump didn’t say something quicker to make sure that people left the Capitol. With that, I’m very disappointed that he didn’t do that,” Scott said, before contending again that the trial is a “charade” born of Democratic “obsession” with Trump.

The Senator downplayed the existential threat that some lawmakers have asserted.

“I was there, and we evacuated. I was never fearful for my life,” Scott said. “Maybe some people were, I don’t know.”

Scott went on to again assert that Trump, who was then the Commander in Chief, “should have said something faster” as his supporters raided the Capitol, destroying property and taking multiple lives.

He also issued something of a warning shot for Democrats in 2022, or whenever the House might flip Republican again, asking a seemingly rhetorical question: “You think there’s not going to be pressure for Republicans to do this when we take over the House in two years?”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • James Robert Miles

    February 11, 2021 at 9:22 am

    The only charade is that of the GOP’s refusal to see the riot for what it is; an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government by Trump’s sucker and looser followers! We know that if a Democrat has done the same thing Trump did, the GOP (gang of lawless pirates) would be calling for his head! Insanity prevails within the GOP!

  • Tjb

    February 11, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Rick, the macho and fearless leader, regarding your statement, “ Why are the Democrats focused on the past rather than the future?”.
    So, if I understand you correctly, I can murder my family but not be held accountable because it was a crime committed in the past.

  • PPP

    February 11, 2021 at 9:53 am


  • DisplacedCTYankee

    February 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    “Democrats are just obsessed with Trump,” Scott said. “Trump is not in office.”

    As much as I would like to see T***p convicted in the Senate, I think it might be more fitting for him to be charged, tried, and convicted in criminal court. What T***p did was criminal.

  • Frankie M.

    February 11, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Why would he be scared…he was part of the coup minus the pitchfork. How long did we spend on Benghazi but Ricky can’t be bothered.

  • zhombre

    February 11, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    What a pack of assholes the commenters above represent.

  • Tom Campbell

    February 12, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    The only asshole is you and Scott. One of trumps ass kissers. The party of law and order. They support and stand by the police. One policemen killed 5 injured 2 eventually commit suicide. A bunch of ignorant trump brainwashed idiots try to storm the floor with a few actually succeeding while loudly calling to hang Pence and kill others that were anti trump going so far as to erect a working noose but its ok because Scott says he never heard trump tell them to break in. What an asinine statement but I forgot we were talking about Rick Scott. One of the most crooked politicians in the senate. As well as one of the stupidest. Law and order my ass.

  • Kate

    February 12, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    It’s sickening that GOP senators are trying to use the fig leaf of “unconstitutional impeachment” to sacrifice the rule of law, our reputation in the world, and even the future physical safety of their colleagues on the alter of their god Trump. Trump will turn on them all on a whim. This is their chance to nullify him. It’s a shame they are too cowardly and calculating to take it. He can’t primary all of you, gentlemen. Unite and take him down for good.

  • TM

    February 13, 2021 at 11:56 am

    “A majority (56%) of Americans approve of the House of Representatives impeaching Trump for incitement of insurrection, while 42% disapprove. When the House impeached Trump the first time, 53% approved and 46% disapproved (January 2020). Partisan approval for the second impeachment stands at 92% among Democrats (versus 94% one year ago for the first impeachment), 52% among independents (51% in January 2020), and 13% among Republicans (versus 8% in January 2020).” https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/25/majority-supports-trump-impeachment-462264
    Florida Senator Scott lacks the character to cast a vote on behalf of Floridians who support the second Trump impeachment. Never mind the 481K (and counting) Americans dead of COVID, some of whom might have been spared if more Senators had the courage to vote on behalf of their constituents the first time.

  • Kenneth William Hart jr.

    February 13, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    ALL of a sudden the pigs in the Democrat Nazi party care about injured cops!!! LMFAO! Where were those traitors when Chuck Schumer said he was proud of the protesters while they were seriously injuring 400 NYPD officers, burned and looted 2 billion in property loss, and got 25 black American people killed? KAMELA HARRIS and old pissy pants confused pig Joe Biden , helped bailout the Minneapolis rioters who went back out and one raped an eight year old black girl! The RIOTS were incited by the kkk democrats and TRUMPS attorney proved it, at the Impeachment sham show, with video’s of the same scumbags in the Senate Chamber , actually provoking the rioters like Karmen Harris did on the Stephen Colbert show!

  • Patty Ryan

    February 14, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Rick Scott is a one-trick pony. Put a quarter in his slot and he gets cooties for communism. He doesn’t represent Florida. He represents only his aspirations for higher office. I’m so tired of these creeps who just want to use my state instead of making it better.

  • Bill Amatucci

    February 14, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Rick Scptt is a crook as well, so he’s naturally going to gravitate towards Trump!!

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