After voting to acquit President Trump yesterday, citing that the “charade is over,” Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) announced today that he would be “introducing a constitutional amendment that raises the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House to 3/5 Super Majority vote,” noting that “our country should never again suffer from a partisan impeachment process.”
After the partisan charade by @SpeakerPelosi & House Dems, I'm introducing a constitutional amendment that raises the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House to 3/5 Super Majority vote.
Our country should never again suffer from a partisan impeachment process. pic.twitter.com/B44WZcB8Pl
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) February 6, 2020
In a statement, the sunshine state Senator expressed that “the partisan charade Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats made of this impeachment process over the last few months shows that the fears of our Founding Fathers were realized.” He elaborated that the Founding Fathers “warned that impeachment could be used as a partisan tool by partisan actors,” arguing that this is exactly what Democrats have done.
Scott explained that “the Democrats used the impeachment process as a tool to hurt President Trump, regardless of the outcome of the Senate trial,” and that “it’s a dangerous precedent and the process has to change.”
In response, “an act as divisive as impeachment must have bipartisan backing and overwhelming support. It should be harder – much harder – for either political party to take the process our Founders created as a last resort against a tyrannical leader and use it instead as a tool for the tyranny of a political majority.”
Calling for bipartisan support on the constitutional amendment, the former Florida Governor stated that he looks “forward to all my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, joining me in this effort to protect the integrity of our nation and our constitution.”