Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Sunday that Democrats are focused on impeachment as a means to take control of the Senate.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Scott said Democrats “believe the American people are now solidly behind President Donald Trump,” before stating that “their greatest fears are coming true.”
This coming against the backdrop of the House Democrat’s impeachment managers insisting the U.S. Senate must “safeguard the 2020 U.S. election … and eliminate the threat that the president poses to America’s national security.”
An assertion Scott rejected.
“The most important statement made about this entire impeachment process was made by Congressman Al Green, [D-Texas], when he said if we don’t impeach him, he might win, number one,” Scott observed. “Number two, [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi held the impeachment documents for nearly a month which means there is no existential threat, there is no national security threat. And number three, the desire for the process to include witnesses is only to put on trial senators from Colorado, from North Carolina, from Maine, from Iowa.
“I believe the Democrat strategy is not to bring more illumination to the case, but to put a bull’s eye on the back of [Sens.] Cory Gardner, [R-Colo.], Joni Ernst, [R-Iowa], Martha McSally, [R-Ariz.], and Thom Tillis, [R-N.C.]. That is the strategy they are using to try to win back the Senate,” Scott said.
The GOP senators he names are reportedly facing tough reelection campaigns.
“This is actually not about removing the president, this is about removing enough senators in the Republican Party in order to take control of the Senate and to rebuke the president for the next four years because they’re pretty concerned,” he added.
“And I think they now believe that the American people are now solidly behind President Donald Trump, and their greatest fears are coming true,” he continued, speaking of Democrats.
Scott pointed to the economic impact Trump is having in minority communities.
“Because the fact is that this president has focused on bringing opportunities to the poorest communities in the nation,” the senator explained. “This president has helped bring the minority unemployment rate to record lows for Asians, for African-Americans, for Hispanics. Our nation’s unemployment rate is at 3.5%. Our stock market is going through the ceiling.”
“They are trembling in their boots,” Scott continued. “So the only thing they have focused on their minds today is not President Trump, it is removing senators from office so that they can have control of the United States Senate.”
Co-host Jason Chaffetz, who served in the House of Representatives with Scott, said Democrats appear to want to have it both ways, saying in their opening statement that the evidence against the president is overwhelming and then trying to make the case that we need to hear from additional witnesses.
The Democratic Party’s opening brief said: “The evidence overwhelmingly established that he is guilty. … The Senate must use that [impeachment] remedy now to safeguard the 2020 U.S. election, … protect our constitutional form of government and eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security.”
Scott went on to say the president’s economic agenda “has brought more prosperity into the African-American community than we’ve seen in my lifetime.”
He said Democrats are “deathly afraid” of recent polling showing Trump getting 30% support from the African-American community — a stat that, if true, will spell doom for the party.
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