WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kentucky senator Rand Paul is the projected winner of a drawing contest being held by key Republican senators during former president Donald J. Trump’s second impeachment trial this week, a source familiar with what the GOP is calling a “friendly” partisan competition told The Washington Post.
“Senator Paul’s rendition of House impeachment manager Eric Swalwell (D-Ca) being trampled to death by a horde of tiny stick figures in little red MAGA hats is the best thing I’ve seen all week,” declared fellow GOP congressman Josh Hawley (R-Mo) during a meeting with Republican senators following the conclusion of Wednesday’s presentation by the House impeachment managers.
Elected to the U.S. Senate in 2019, Mr. Hawley was appointed Chairman of the Impeachment Illustration Committee following a majority vote by Republican senators on Wednesday and was later observed with his feet up in the senate gallery, meticulously pouring over his colleagues’ submissions. “Senator Hawley has always had a keen eye for artistic ability,” a senior aide told Real News Right Now, adding that the Missouri congressman narrowly passed an art history course while at Stanford University.
While most GOP senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Senator Mitt Romney (R-Ut), chose to opt out of the impeachment trial drawing competition, sources say Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was apparently disqualified entirely after submitting a bizarre self-portrait of himself embracing an “anatomically incorrect” caricature of former president Donald J. Trump.
Senator Josh Hawley, who initially told reporters he was reviewing trial briefs from the second floor of the senate gallery, has so far refused to make his fellow senators’ drawings public, claiming the submissions –which include Senator Rand Paul’s winning doodle– contain “sensitive national security information.”