Republicans Already Facing Backlash For Voting To Convict Trump
That sure didn’t take long. The seven Republican senators who joined Democrats in voting to convict Donald Trump of the article of impeachment already are feeling the political backlash.
Just hours after the vote, the Louisiana Republican Party’s executive committee voted unanimously to censure Sen. Bill Cassidy. Cassidy had angered the state’s GOP establishment earlier in the week with his vote upholding the constitutionality of the proceeding. His vote to convict put Louisiana Republicans over the top. Jeff Landry, the state’s Republican attorney general, said that the senator “had fallen into the trap laid by Democrats to have Republicans attack Republicans.” Cassidy, who was just reelected this past November, has said his vote was based on the Constitution and the evidence presented against Trump.
Two other members of the GOP who voted to convict the former president of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also came under fire in their home states even though neither is running for reelection.
The chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican party, Lawrence Tabas, called the trial “an unconstitutional theft of time and energy that did absolutely nothing to unify or help the American people. I share the disappointment of many of our grass-roots leaders and volunteers over Sen. Toomey’s vote today.”
Michael Whatley, chairman of the North Carolina Republican party called Burr’s vote “shocking and disappointing,” while GOP Rep. Dan Bishop called for Burr to be censured. Former representative Mark Walker, who already has announced his candidacy for Burr’s senate seat, wrote on Twitter, “Wrong vote, Sen. Burr. I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator.” He also took the opportunity to pair that message with a four-minute campaign video.
Wrong vote, Sen. Burr. I am running to replace Richard Burr because North Carolina needs a true conservative champion as their next senator. Join me → https://t.co/R4vNpN0Njx pic.twitter.com/rw3nMSleIY
— Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) February 13, 2021