THE DAILY REFORMER (NEW YORK, UNITED STATES)
On Saturday, seven members of the GOP voted with the Democrats on convicting Donald Trump of the trumped-up fake charges cooked up by Democrats and CNN.
Some of those Senators are now already facing consequences for their disregard for the Constitution, due process, and the concepts of sound, un-doctored evidence and solid reasoning. So we’re putting a list together of those consequences.
Here’s where it stands on Sunday, February 14, 2021.
Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina:: Rebuke
“North Carolina Republicans sent Senator Burr to the United States Senate to uphold the Constitution and his vote today to convict in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing.” – Michael Whatley, chair of the North Carolina GOP.
Coming soon: Censure.
— Congressman Dan Bishop (@jdanbishop) February 13, 2021
Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana: Censure
In his hometown.
Here’s the full text of the resolution of the East Baton Rouge Parish RPEC censuring Sen. Cassidy. The committee voted unanimously. Two members of the state GOP executive committee told me the state party likely won’t follow suit unless Cassidy votes to convict #lalege #lasen https://t.co/FgsGSgb9L8 pic.twitter.com/i84RrUjKvz
— Sam Karlin (@samkarlin) February 10, 2021
And by his state party.
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the vote today by Sen. Cassidy to convict former President Trump. Fortunately, clearer heads prevailed and President Trump has been acquitted of the impeachment charge filed against him.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: No actions so far.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: No actions so far.
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah: Uncertain.
Utah GOP executive director Laurel Price tells me they don’t have a statement on Romney’s vote to convict at this time, adding “I’m not certain about a censure effort just yet.”
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) February 14, 2021
Sasse has faced previous criticism from Republicans in his home state due to his criticism of Trump. Republican groups in at least three Nebraska counties have voted to censure Sasse, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The state Republican central committee is expected to consider at least eight separate resolutions to censure him when it meets next month.
Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania: Rebuked, faces censure.
Pennsylvania’s GOP slammed Sen. Toomey for his vote in support of conviction.
“This post-presidency impeachment proceeding was an unconstitutional theft of time and energy that did absolutely nothing to unify or help the American people,” PAGOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas argued in a statement. “I share the disappointment of many of our grassroots leaders and volunteers over Senator Toomey’s vote today. The vote to acquit was the constitutionally correct outcome.”
Liz Cheney was censured for her vote in the House. But retained her position in the GOP leadership.
These consequences probably don’t seem much like consequences. You could probably see them as pro-forma, even. But saying and doing something always matters, and it should always be done. Never make it easier for someone to ignore your voice as a constituent. They should have to argue and be embarrassed and face media questions, and their primary opponents should have the record of censure and rebuke for campaigns.
It’s maybe not what you want, but it’s a darn sight better than nothing at all.
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