Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) on Wednesday went into toady mode for Donald Trump as he dismissed the Senate impeachment trial of the ex-president for inciting the U.S. Capitol riot as a “complete waste of time.”
During a recess that adopted the exhibiting of chilling new footage of the Jan. 6 mob violence, the previous Florida governor reportedly said he was “disgusted” the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol thought “they can do things like that and get away with it.”
Scott additionally stated he hoped all who “came into the Capitol and did the wrong thing” are prosecuted “to the full extent of the law,” reported NBC News.
But when grilled on Trump’s accountability for the rebellion, Scott ducked the query, saying, “I wish the president had said something faster when they broke into it.”
Scott then defended Trump:
“But, you know, I’ve watched what he said. He’s never said when somebody should break in. (Trump) actually said that people should do this peacefully.”
“This is a complete waste of time,” Scott added. “It’s not doing anything to help American families, it’s not helping people get jobs, it’s not helping get the vaccine out. … It’s vindictive.”
Trump, for weeks following the 2020 election, stoked resentment and anger amongst his base with the lie that it had been stolen from him. The ex-president’s violent rhetoric culminated within the Capitol siege, throughout which 5 individuals died.
On Tuesday, the primary day of the trial, Scott stated the ebook he was studying through the proceedings was “a lot more interesting, factual, and informative” than Democrats’ presentation of the case to convict Trump ― which even Trump’s personal lawyer admitted was well done.
Scott was among the many 147 Republicans in Congress who voted to overturn the 2020 election outcome.
The Florida Republican made comparable claims about impeachment of Trump being a waste of time throughout an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity in January 2020, when the then-president was on trial for Ukraine misconduct. The GOP-controlled Senate finally voted to acquit Trump.
Scott likened Trump’s first trial to “political theater,” even releasing a video by which he claimed he was being held “hostage.”
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