‘Traitor’: Rand Paul blows up liberal minds by ‘identifying’ whistleblower on Senate floor with clever stunt
Speaking on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Paul made it clear he was still upset over Chief Justice Roberts refusing to ask a question from him last week regarding the whistleblower whose report kicked off the current impeachment trial.
“The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted,” Roberts told Paul after reading the question to himself.
Paul took his time speaking on Tuesday as his opportunity to finally ask his question, inquiring if Schiff was “aware” of reports that one his staffers had allegedly had conversations with the whistleblower about impeaching the president long before any allegations of quid pro quo were made. He said the whistleblower’s name in his question, though he did not specifically identify him as one.
Paul stood next to a sign with the text of his question, which also named the whistleblower. Though Democrats have worked to protect the identity of the man, he has been named numerous times on social media and in news reports.
Despite the identity being an open secret already, the faux outrage was still in full display from Trump critics with Paul being labeled a “traitor” and even being accused of trying to get the whistleblower killed.
“This is just a malicious attempt to get someone killed, so that @RandPaul can combine his hatred of the intelligence community with a nice opportunity to suck up to Donald Trump,” author Tom Nicholas tweeted.
This is just a malicious attempt to get someone killed, so that @RandPaul can combine his hatred of the intelligence community with a nice opportunity to suck up to Donald Trump. https://t.co/R1yTrLnnbh— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) February 4, 2020
Katie Phang, a legal analyst for MSNBC, warned that Paul’s “reckless” behavior “won’t go unnoticed.”
Rand Paul’s reckless stunts won’t go without notice. https://t.co/oWcyv1nR7D— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) February 4, 2020
Other veiled threats were sent Paul’s way, including some recalling the infamous assault by Paul’s neighbor, which led to the senator losing part of his lung.
I hope Rand Paul's neighbor is somebody's guest at the State of the Union.— Schooley (@Rschooley) February 4, 2020
CNN legal analyst Jennifer Rodgers claimed Paul put the whistleblower “in danger.”
Rand Paul put the whistleblower in serious danger, presumably to show his servility to Trump and his outright hostility to government ethics and integrity. 2022 can’t come soon enough ... he needs to go. https://t.co/4BNDR5v5HZ— Jennifer Rodgers (@JenGRodgers) February 4, 2020
Paul was also accused of breaking the law and calls for his arrest were made.
Rand Paul knows that what he’s doing is illegal. Good people protect whistleblowers. He also knows it’s his civic duty to protect a whistleblower as a sitting senator. He is a compromised traitor to this country & so are you #ArrestRandPaulhttps://t.co/oP3rvuSA77— Tara Dublin ✡️🌊 (@taradublinrocks) February 4, 2020
Rand Paul should be arrested.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 4, 2020
Technically, Senator Paul did not name any whistleblower, as his question did not identify anyone as such – instead, Chief Justice Roberts refusal to answer the question appeared to do just that. Ironically, in the heat of their excitement of going after Republicans, the critics have also confirmed the open secret they were pretending so hard was still hidden.
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