In normal times, Senators of all political persuasion would treat the third ever presidential impeachment trial with the gravest of solemnity.
They'd listen to the evidence.
They'd subpoena firsthand witnesses making explosive allegations.
But for Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) the constitutional process of impeachment and its subsequent trial is a hostage situation.
At least, that's what he says in this recent video posted to his Twitter.
I’ve been held hostage with 99 other people in the U.S. Capitol. Why? Because the Democrats hate @realDonaldTrump a… https://t.co/Y3wiEVF9WT— Rick Scott (@Rick Scott)1580249209.0
Scott laments in the bizarre video:
"We are receiving only milk and water and we are being subjected to the cruel and unusual punishment of listening to the rantings of [Democratic Congressman] Adam Schiff, a person from a parallel universe."
It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Senator's rhetoric sounds like a screed from a certain President's Twitter account. Scott's 2018 Senate race was the topic of discussion between Donald Trump and Lev Parnas—the Rudy Giuliani associate currently indicted for funneling foreign money into Republican political campaigns.
Parnas assures the President in the recording of the conversation that though the race would be close:
"I think we're going to pull it out."
Pull it out they did.
Though Parnas has since turned on Trump, Scott is still remaining loyal—as evidenced by the recent video.
But the internet wasn't as enthusiastic about Scott's defense as the President likely was.
You are one miserable SOB @SenRickScott. Held hostage? No, held hostage is what happened to my daughter when she… https://t.co/64NNCeYwGs— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg)1580264651.0
WHAT??? Hostage? You have been paid a full salary with a catered dinner to sit as a juror at a trial with a fidget… https://t.co/ySuyl8chQa— Leslieoo7 ☠️ 🇺🇲 (@Leslieoo7 ☠️ 🇺🇲)1580256744.0
After working w/me to ask POTUS to secure release of our constituent Bob Levinson, you must understand why this ad… https://t.co/fOcmjAPjHR— Rep. Ted Deutch (@Rep. Ted Deutch)1580318525.0
watching this with the sound off and it just looks like he's trying to sell me a reverse mortgage or catheters https://t.co/rMl1tIDy7H— Maggie Serota (@Maggie Serota)1580318754.0
Another day, another way for Sen Scott to embarrass us Floridians. Imagine that: he has to actually go to work! https://t.co/U2Zivlz20P— Dems Of South Dade (@Dems Of South Dade)1580318290.0
Florida man desperately in need of a dictionary, confuses "going to work" with "being held hostage." https://t.co/1nqRSxAK5N— Melissa Mann (@Melissa Mann)1580314296.0
Yup, yup, held hostage doin' his job. Like the 100million+ americans "held hostage" every business day. Yup, he's a… https://t.co/vvffSiGvTk— Tracy Hall (@Tracy Hall)1580319066.0
Florida man, political edition, at it again.