While Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees continually claimed that Democrats were out to impeach Donald J. Trump since day one of his inauguration, numerous leading Republicans, like Paul Revere, tried to warn Americans what they were in for with this president.
Here’s what many of them have said about the man who has just been impeached, before and after the 2016 election.
Jeb Bush-May 2017: “When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president."
Mitt Romney-2016: The former Republican presidential nominee blistered Trump for nearly 20 minutes, calling the GOP front-runner a "phony" and a "fraud.
Sen. Lindsey Graham-Feb. 17, 2016: "I'm not going to try to get into the mind of Donald Trump because I don't think there's a whole lot of space there. I think he's a kook. I think he's crazy. I think he's unfit for office."
Sen. Marco Rubio: "Donald Trump is not a Republican. Donald Trump is not a conservative. Donald Trump is trying to pull off the biggest scam in American political history, basically a con job, where he's trying to take over the Republican Party by telling people he's someone who he is not."
Sen. Ted Cruz: “This man is a pathological liar, he doesn't know the difference between truth and lies ... in a pattern that is straight out of a psychology textbook, he accuses everyone of lying. Whatever lie he's telling, at that minute he believes it ... the man is utterly amoral. Donald is a bully ... bullies don't come from strength they come from weakness.”
Former Sen. Bob Corker-10/2017: "He concerns me. He would have to concern anyone who cares about our nation."
Former Sen. Jeff Flake-10/2017: “Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous, and undignified. And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.”
Former Trump Secretary of State Rex Tillerson-12/2018 in an interview with Bob Schieffer of CBS News: “Donald Trump doesn't have an inkling of how government works or how to be President and he doesn't want to learn. So often, the president would say here's what I want to do and here's how I want to do it, and I would have to say to him, 'Mr. President I understand what you want to do but you can't do it that way. It violates the law.'"
Just as Paul Revere rode through the streets warning of a coming British invasion, so did these Republicans warn about this administration.
However, there is a difference: Paul Revere didn’t side with the British once they arrived.