U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said it was a sad day for the country when rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

In a phone interview with WDRB News on Monday, he called President Donald Trump's actions prior to the riot "irresponsible."

"I think it was irresponsible to encourage people with the false notion that the election could be overturned," Paul said. "Look, I think there were voting irregularities and even fraud, and I continue to work on the system at the state level. But I didn't tell people they could overturn the election."

Paul said he believes it is a huge mistake for Democrats in Congress to advance attempts to impeach Trump before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, adding that it will only further divide and anger the country.

"I think Democrats will overreach and will do something stupid like that," Paul said. "He's going to be gone in two weeks."

Paul dismissed the notion of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump for being unfit for office.

"I think that the election has spoken," he said. "People have made their decision. On Jan. 20, we're going to have a new president. Can we not get along with just that?"

Paul said he was on the Senate floor when the Capitol was overrun.

"I saw the vice president quickly escorted from the chair, and then I knew there was something very serious going on," he said.

Paul said within minutes, the chamber doors were locked, and he was being hustled away from the chaos.

"Hundreds and hundreds of people — complete lawlessness," Paul said. "And then we were escorted to a secure location within the office buildings."

Paul called the attack a "terrible and tragic day" in our history. But he believes getting rid of the president now would just make things worse.

"There's been a justified rebuke of what happened, and the whole electoral college debacle, and the mob and everything else," he said. "I don't think there's any escaping that. But I think it's best for the country to try to move on."

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