Florida Senator Marco Rubio warned that an impeachment of President Donald Trump could make him a “martyr” and further divide the country at a difficult time.
“I believe it will further inflame an already divided country at an already difficult time,” the Senator said in a statement to Miami’s NBC 6 about the “impeachment” process, which the House of Representatives in Washington approved to begin Wednesday and which the legislator opposes.
Loyal to the outgoing president during his four-year term, the Senator believes, however, that Trump bears “some responsibility” for last week’s assault on the Capitol as Congress began certifying Democrat Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.
Rubio believes that the impeachment process involves “throwing gasoline on the fire.”
“A lot of the people who are out there for the first time, after seeing what happened last week, in some ways considering the last four years, are now suddenly riding in the wagons and threatening to make him a martyr,” he added.
Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs spoke along the same lines on Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
“His movement will be stronger because you will have made him a martyr,” he told Democratic lawmakers.
Rubio stressed that although he opposes impeachment, he condemned what happened last week and was against “the president having to evade any responsibility.”
The House of Representatives approved Wednesday the opening of a new impeachment against President Donald Trump, this time under the charge of “inciting insurrection” for last week’s assault on the Capitol.
Trump thus becomes the only president in U.S. history to be politically impeached twice.