Kirsters Baish| On Thursday, Republican Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul blocked a bill thought up by Senator Bernie Sanders which supported the intelligence community’s claim that Russia had interfered in the United States’ 2016 presidential election. He then insisted that the President talk with Special Counsel Robert Mueller at once.
Bernie Sanders then tried to gain a unanimous consent vote for his ridiculous bill. While on the Senate floor Sanders said, “The Congress must make it clear that we accept the assessment of our intelligence community with regard to Russian election interfering in our country and in other democracies.”
Senator Paul stood up, clearly preparing to oppose the bill. He then went on to say, “Trump derangement syndrome has officially come to the Senate.”
“The hatred for the president is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance,” he continued. “Does anybody remember that Ronald Reagan sat down with Gorbachev and we lessened the nuclear tensions? We need to still have those openings.”
Take a look at Rand Paul’s speech for yourself:
Sen. @RandPaul: "Trump derangement syndrome has officially come to the Senate. The hatred for the President is so intense that partisans would rather risk war than give diplomacy a chance."
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 19, 2018
“Nobody is saying or excusing Russia meddling in our elections, absolutely, we should protect the integrity of our elections. But simply bringing the hatred of the president to the Senate floor, in order to say we’re done with diplomacy, we’re going to add more sanctions and more sanctions,” Paul went on.
Senate rules state that there only needs to be one single senator to stand in opposition to a bill in order to block a unanimous consent vote, as explained by the Hill.
Senator Rand Paul has been very vocal about his support for President Donald Trump, especially in the days since Monday’s joint summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. President Trump has been receiving a lot of backlash from liberals over his “performance” at the summit.
Paul explained to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer following the summit, who seemed to want to do nothing but argue, “This is truly the Trump derangement syndrome that motivates all of this!” This came as a response to the waves of criticism that came toward the President after he simply accepted President Putin’s statement in which he denied that Russia had interfered in the United States’ 2016 presidential election. Liberals began calling him a traitor and claiming that he had committed treason. All he was trying to do was keep relations with Russia in a good place. That should have been clear, but liberals refuse to see that.
“All of this is a sideways way to try to delegitimize Trump and say he really didn’t win the election when the election was really about Hillary Clinton being unfit for office,” Paul said.
The day after, Senator Paul argued with “CBS This Morning” host John Dickerson and his argument that President Trump should have argued the moral case against Russia during the joint summit. Dickerson called on something that former President Ronald Reagan said when he called the Soviet Union, the “evil empire” back in the 1980s.
“Reagan didn’t call it an evil empire in a press conference with (Mikhail) Gorbachev,” Paul stated.
He continued on arguing that Trump’s hesitation to bash Russians for “interference” has everything to do with Mueller’s investigation.
“The president has undergone an onslaught of a year, year-and-a-half of a partisan investigation accusing him of somehow colluding with the Russians. So, I think he’s sensitive to that,” Paul explained.