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House Republican Defends Vote to Impeach Donald Trump for ‘Frontal Assault on the Constitution’

Republican Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina defended his vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for inciting the January 6th insurrection at the United States Capitol. Rice was one of only ten members within the House GOP caucus who joined with the Democrats to punish Trump for attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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Rice regrets nothing. He knew full well at the time that standing up to Trump could be politically fatal for him. But unlike most congressional Republicans, Rice respects the oath that he took when he was sworn in as a member of Congress.

“It was very clear to me, I took an oath to defend the Constitution. I didn’t take an oath to defend Donald Trump. What he did was a frontal assault on the Constitution,” Rice said in an interview with The Washington Post that was published on Sunday. “What do you call somebody who votes with Trump 99 percent of the time? A traitor.”

And he holds no reservations about serving up some tea with his constituents, many of whom were predictably upset over his decision to hold Trump accountable.

“If you want a congressman who’s going to choose a personality over the Constitution, I’m not your guy,” he said at an event in Loris, South Carolina, adding that Trump is a “bully.”

He explained that Trump’s betrayal of then-Vice President Mike Pence – whom the angry hoard chased through the halls of the Capitol with the intent to hang – was the final straw.

Pence lacked “the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution,” Trump tweeted. Pence, however, did his job to certify Biden’s landslide victory in the Electoral College.

“To me, that is completely despicable, and I will vote that way every single time. For him to be calling Mike Pence a coward and him sitting at the White House surrounded by Secret Service and tweeting while Mike Pence is in the middle of all that, and he’s a coward? Give me a break,” Rice said. “If the president, by force, can intimidate Congress into voting their way, then we might as well do away with Congress and hand it over to a king. What he did in my mind is what dictators do.”

The full interview is available here.



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