(JustPatriots.com)- Senator Marco Rubio of Florida is already on thin ice when it comes to support within his own party, but his latest suggestion that President Donald Trump might be prosecuted as a private citizen is bound to make him lose even more popularity.
Speaking to Neil Cavuto on Fox News on Tuesday, Senator Rubio said that impeaching President Trump as a private citizen was not appropriate but trying him through the criminal justice system might be a better option.
Cavuto asked Senator Rubio whether he believes that President Donald Trump provoked the crowd on January 6 – a line pushed by congressional Democrats.
“Do you think he provoked that crowd when he said, ‘These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots.’ Do you think he should be punished for those remarks?” Cavuto asked.
Rubio side-stepped the question and answered by discussing matters of procedure…rather than defending President Donald Trump’s battle for election integrity.
“Yeah, so, if someone makes those remarks, he’s a private citizen,” Senator Rubio said. “So he’s now, the reason why we have impeachment is the following: you can’t charge a president.”
Rubio explained that impeachment is used to remove a president from office and then later subject them to criminal penalty.
“That’s why Ford pardoned Nixon because after he resigned, he could have still been prosecuted,” Rubio explained. “If he did something that rises to that level an that these folks so strongly believe, then the criminal justice system and the civil system is in place to pursue.”
Some took this as Rubio challenging Democrats to put their money where their mouth is and go after President Donald Trump in the courts or open up a criminal case now that he is a private citizen.
However, it might also be the case that Senator Rubio was attempting to prove the point that the Democrats don’t really believe that the former president incited an insurrection.
When Cavuto asked Rubio is he believed Trump’s comments were “incendiary enough,” Rubio then revealed that he thinks the president bears responsibility for what happened.
“I think there’s no doubt that the president bears some responsibility for what happened,” he said.
…so, who do you think will primary Rubio next time around?