Remember when Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) explained her decision to acquit President Donald Trump of impeachment last year because, in her opinion, “the president learned of this matter?”
Well, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) gave us the sequel to that hopelessly naive notion on Sunday morning.
Amid a growing chorus of Republicans calling on the president to step down for inciting an insurgent attack on the U.S. Capitol, Blunt appeared on CBS News’ Face the nation and criticized Trump’s behavior. But at the same time, he stopped before calling on the president to step down – insisting that Trump has indeed learned his lesson this time around.
“Two Republican senators have now called on the president to step down. Should he? CBS presenter Margaret Brennan asked the Conservative lawmaker on Sunday.
“Well, that would be his. My take would be what the president should do now is complete the last 10 days of his presidency, ”Blunt replied.
“So no?” Brennan followed.
“No,” the senator from Missouri confirmed.
Brennan went on to note that many high profile Republicans have been extremely critical of the president and accused him of igniting the flames of the insurgent mob who stormed the Capitol in a violent effort to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s count to the Electoral College. .
“The Justice Department affidavits have individuals saying they came here because the president told them to,” Brennan added. “Is the president a danger to the country?”
“I think the president’s decisions and actions that day and before that day on this matter were clearly reckless,” Blunt replied. “I said that very early in the evening on Wednesday it was a tragic day for the country. And the president was involved in it.
the Face the nation the host, meanwhile, wondered aloud if Republican leaders were going to hold Trump accountable for his actions and behavior, which prompted Blunt to shrug his shoulders and say it was just time to to move on.
“I think the country is the right way to hold presidents accountable,” he said. “The president has to be very careful over the next 10 days that his behavior is what you expect from the leader of the greatest country in the world.”
“My personal opinion is that the president touched the hot stove on Wednesday and is unlikely to touch it again,” the senator continued. “And if that’s the case, we get – every day we get closer to the last day of his presidency. We should be thinking more about the first day of the next presidency than the last day of his presidency. “
Although some Republicans have said they will support the president’s impeachment, Blunt was unwilling to reveal whether he believed the president had committed an impenetrable offense by inciting an insurgency.
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