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WATCH: “We Didn’t Send Him To Do The Right Thing” Republican Official Explains Censure For Trump Conviction Voters

The handful of Republican Senators who voted in favor of convicting Donald Trump for inciting a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol building last month are facing censure, anger from their party, and other personal and political consequences. One official in Pennsylvania explained why.

Senator Toomey wasn't supposed to 'do the right thing' says official
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Reuters journalist Jan Wolfe shared the clip below, in which David Ball, the chair of the Republican Party in Washington County, Pennsylvania, tells KDKA why the party is moving to censure Senator Pat Toomey for his vote on conviction.

“We did not send him there to vote his conscience. We did not send him there to do the right thing, whatever he said he was doing. We sent him there to represent us, and we feel very strongly that he did not represent us.”

Toomey has addressed at length the reasons he felt that voting to convict Donald Trump was necessary. In a series of tweets on February 13, he explained that while he agrees with the mainstream Republican claim that there was unfair bias against Trump, he also recognizes that the former president fired up angry supporters to carry out an attack on democracy.

He says that despite his own vote for, and support of, Donald Trump, he recognizes Trump’s actions after his loss as a betrayal of both his oath of office and the United States Constitution, and that this made conviction the only viable option.

However, as at least one GOP official can now be seen admitting on video, above, “doing the right thing” was not what his party wanted from him, and he, along with the others who supported holding Trump responsible, are the ones facing consequences.



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